1. The Centre
PreHospen − Centre for PreHospital Research at the University of Borås is a nationally unique and internationally established knowledge centre. The research group is composed of professors, associate professors, lecturers, graduate students, research nurses, and research coordinators working across disciplines to further develop and improve healthcare activities in prehospital emergency care. PreHospen conducts interdisciplinary research that often integrates caring sciences, medicine, medical technology, and technology related to dispatch centres, ambulance emergency care, emergency rooms, and primary and regional healthcare.
2. Values and Principles
PreHospen’s goal is to increase knowledge development within the prehospital area so that the qualified care of ill and injured people can be improved.
Good pre-hospital care is of great importance and requires accurate assessment of the patient's care needs, i.e., qualified, needs-based care and assistance to the correct environment for further care. The patient perspective and the benefit to patients and relatives are the basis of the centre’s research. The patient perspective implies basing care on the patient’s experiences of care and treatment in all situations in which the conditions make this possible. Care occurs in the context of a multicultural society, where good and equitable care is underpinned by a humanistic approach and an understanding of the equal value of all human life; in this, the perspective of patients and relatives is central.
PreHospen presents and spreads knowledge through research, education, and community contacts. Of particular note are dissertations, scientific articles, and regular reports within and without the scientific community. Likewise, PreHospen’s knowledge development is highlighted in a variety of contexts by producing learning materials and educating staff within prehospital emergency care. PreHospen’s research group regularly presents at international research and education conferences and symposia. Moreover, the research group participates in mass media and other society outreach efforts and organisations regularly, both regionally and nationally.
PreHospen’s research is conducted from an interdisciplinary perspective in the university’s research area called The Human Perspective in Care. The research group, with its assembled competencies, is open to interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation among a variety of scientific areas to promote the quality development of prehospital emergency care. The research contributes to the promotion of a good quality of life through promoting security, safety, and availability within and to prehospital emergency care. The goal is to create new knowledge so that more patients survive, suffering is reduced, and quality of life is increased for patients, relatives, staff, and society at large. This goal is reached through the combination of work with research, education, knowledge dissemination as well as continual evaluation and monitoring.
5. Focus and prioritisation
PreHospen focuses on the continual quality improvement of prehospital emergency care through improvements to the care encounter as well as the care of patients and relatives in order to reduce unhealth and suffering. Further, the research group works to create increased possibilities for collaboration between staff and researchers from different disciplines, to generate knowledge that makes care development possible, and to promote a good environment for care and carers. Another priority is research on care teams and how such collaboration affects caring and the choice of care level.
A clinical strategy is establishing a clinical training centre at the University of Borås as well as further developing a research and development ambulance where education and research are clearly integrated. An organisational and improvement strategy is to further develop collaboration between regional, national, and international partners within professional and knowledge development. A research strategy is to, in competition with other institutions, generate resources for more graduate students and senior-level positions.
Quality monitoring is reported (publications, fund allocation, networking, doctoral students, citations, etc.) and discussed during yearly development discussions upon which new quality goals are set for the following year and visions for the future are created. Process evaluations of PreHospen occur both on the short- and long-term basis.