Hanna Vestala

PhD student

My PhD project concerns patient participation in primary healthcare and implementation. I also teach at the Nursing programme and courses in Diabetes.


With many years of clinical nursing experience in the specialised care of persons with chronic disease, I know how important it is to involve the patients in their care and to consider their needs and abilities to engage in their own healthcare. In my PhD project I study factors that hinder or alleviate a person-centred patient participation in primary health care.


  • Degree of Master’s in Medical Science (120 credits) with a major in Nursing, Area of Emphasis: Health, Quality and Interprofessional Competence, 2022
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing Medical Care, 2014
  • Master of Medical Science (60 credits) in Nursing, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2006

Research assignments

  • Teaching in the Nursing Programme (180 credits)
  • Teaching in courses in Diabetes.


  • Graduate School Integrated Care



I am a PhD student in a project called “Patients’ participation in primary healthcare- Studies on factors that hinder or alleviate and strategies that facilitate person-centred care.“