Ulrika Bengtsson is senior lecturer at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University Gothenburg and a researcher at the Gothenburg University Center for Person Centred Care (GPCC), with a background as Specialist Nurse towards Primary Health Care. She defended her thesis “Self-management in Hypertension Care” in 2015. The research she conducted for her doctoral degree derived from her interest in, and conviction of the importance of, putting the person at the centre of attention, not only in the caring actions but also in the planning, designing and performing of research aiming towards empowering of patients for independence and autonomy. Important aspects of this area of research she thinks are; personal perceptions of one’s condition and treatment, communication and interaction between patients and caregivers, and how knowledge and insights in relation to one’s own condition is created and internalised. Once this approach towards design, planning and conducting of care and research is made clear, this need be applied practically. The work she conducted within her interdisciplinary research team resulted in a support tool for self-management of hypertension, usable for both patients and health care professionals in the efforts of better understanding the connections between signs, symptoms, medications and lifestyle related to hypertension and hypertension treatment. Her vision ahead is to use the knowledge provided by her research, with regard to how knowledge and insights in relation to high blood pressure were made relevant in the life of the patients, by the connecting of signs back to context and concrete situations in everyday life. It is of relevance when we are to motivate persons with chronic conditions to initiate and stay in track of lifestyle changes.
PERHIT - Person-Centredness in Hypertension care using Information Technology
Bengtsson, U. Self-management in hypertension care. 2015; Doctoral thesis, Gothenburg University
Bengtsson U, Kjellgren K, Hallberg I, Lindwall M, Taft C. Improved Blood Pressure Control Using an Interactive Mobile Phone Support System. J Clin Hypertens 12 oct 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jch.12682
Gema Ruiz-Hurtado, Luis M. Ruilope. New Strategy to Control Blood Pressure: Interactive Mobile Phone Support J Clin Hypertens 14 oct 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jch.12683
Hallberg I, Taft C, Ranerup A, Bengtsson U, Hoffmann M, Höfer S, Kasperowski D, Mäkitalo Å, Lundin M, Ring L, Rosenqvist U, Kjellgren K. Phases in the development of an interactive mobile phone-based system to support self-management of hypertension. Integrated Blood Pressure Control. 2014:7; 19-28 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/IBPC.S59030
Bengtsson U, Kasperowski D, Ring L, Kjellgren K. Developing an interactive mobile phone self-report system. Part 1: Patient and professional perspectives, Blood Press.2014; 23:288-295| DOI: 10.3109/08037051.2014.883203.
Bengtsson U, Kjellgren K, Höfer S, Taft C, Ring L. Developing an interactive mobile phone self-report system for self-management of hypertension. Part 2: Content validity and usability. Blood Press. 2014; 23:296-306
Hallberg I, Taft C, Ranerup A, Bengtsson U, Hoffmann M, Höfer S, Kasperowski D, Mäkitalo A, Lundin M, Ring L, Rosenqvist U, Kjellgren K. (2014). Phases in development of an interactive mobile phone-based system to support self-management of hypertension. Integrated blood pressure control. 7 s. 19-28.
Bengtsson, U., Kjellgren, K., Hallberg, I., Lindwall, M. & Taft, C. (2014) Effects from using a hypertension specific mobile phone based self-management support system. 28th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, 26-30th August 2014, Innsbruck, Austria.
Bengtsson, U., Kjellgren, K., Höfer, S. et al. (2014). Development of a mobile phone hypertension specific self-report system: content validity, usability and reliability. 28th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society,26-30th August 2014, Innsbruck, Austria.
Bengtsson, U., Kjellgren, K., Hallberg, I., Lindwall, M. & Taft, C. (2014) Blood pressure decrease with a mobile phone-based system to support self-management. Journal of hypertension vol 32, e-supplement 1, Joint Meeting ESH – ISH Hypertension 13-16th June 2014, Athens, Greece.
Bengtsson, U. ; Ring, L. ; Kjellgren, K. I. et al. (2013). Development of a mobile phone self-report system for persons with hypertension: focus group interviews with patients and providers, HPH 21 st International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services.
Bengtsson, U. ; Ring, L. ; Hallberg, I. et al. (2013). Development of a mobile phone self-report system for persons with hypertension: focus group interviews with patients and providers , Kardiovaskulära Vårmötet 2013.
Bengtsson, U. ; Kjellgren, K. I. ; Hallberg, I. (2012). Aspects of hypertension - a multi-perspective approach on the way towards adherence and self-management, Fifth Geneva conference on person-centered medicine.
Hallberg, I. ; Bengtsson, U. ; Kjellgren, K. I. (2012). Patientmedverkan i behandling av högt blodtryck med hjälp av mobiltelefon, Medicinska riksstämman.
Ranerup, A. ; Hallberg, I. ; Bengtsson, U. et al. Mastery and Autonomy in Medication with a Mobile Self-report System: A Project in Action, Persuasive 2012. Linköping June 6-8.