Promoting patient dignity in healthcare settings
Milika Matiti Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Nottingham
Elizabeth Cotrel-Gibbons Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Nottingham
Kevin Teasdale Training manager, United Lincolnshire Hospitals, Lincolnshire
Dignity is important to every individual, irrespective of the situation in which they find themselves, including healthcare settings. This article aims to heighten awareness of patient dignity, encourage readers to reflect on the concept and apply it to practice. Self-awareness of knowledge, skills and attitude is a prerequisite for supporting patient dignity. Using personal and professional knowledge, readers will reflect on practice to identify factors that influence the maintenance of patient dignity and develop strategies to promote and support it in clinical practice.
Nursing Standard. 21, 45, 46-52. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.07.21.45.46.c4584Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review