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Dignity in life and care: the perspectives of Swedish patients in a palliative care context
Univ Gävle, Dept Caring Sci, Gävle, Sweden; Karolinska Inst, Dept Oncol Pathol, Stockholm, Sweden.
Linnaeus Univ, Dept Hlth & Caring Sci, Vaxjö, Sweden; Linnaeus Univ, Dept Hlth & Caring Sci, Ctr Collaborat Palliat Care, Vaxjö, Sweden.
Linnaeus Univ, Dept Hlth & Caring Sci, Vaxjö, Sweden; Linnaeus Univ, Dept Hlth & Caring Sci, Ctr Collaborat Palliat Care, Vaxjö, Sweden.
Linnaeus Univ, Dept Hlth & Caring Sci, Ctr Collaborat Palliat Care, Vaxjö, Sweden; Linnaeus Univ, Dept Hlth & Caring Sci, Kalmar, Sweden.
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2019 (English)In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, ISSN 1357-6321, E-ISSN 2052-286X, Vol. 25, no 4, p. 193-201Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: How patients preserve their sense of dignity in life is an important area of palliative care that remains to be explored.

Aims: To describe patients' perspectives of what constitutes a dignified life within a palliative care context.

Methods: Twelve palliative care patients were interviewed about their views on living with dignity. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

Results: What constitutes a dignified life during end-of-life care was captured by the theme ‘I may be ill but I am still a human being’ and presented under the categories ‘preserving my everyday life and personhood’, ‘having my human value maintained by others through ‘coherence’ and ‘being supported by society at large’.

Conclusion: Patients' sense of dignity can be preserved by their own attitudes and behaviours, by others and through public support. Health professionals need to adopt a dignity-conserving approach, for which awareness of their own attitudes and behaviours is crucial.

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2019. Vol. 25, no 4, p. 193-201
Keywords [en]
Palliative care, Dignity, Health professionals, Care of the dying
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-382985DOI: 10.12968/ijpn.2019.25.4.193ISI: 000464949000006PubMedID: 31013197OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-382985DiVA, id: diva2:1315233
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The Kamprad Family Foundation, 20152002Available from: 2019-05-13 Created: 2019-05-13 Last updated: 2019-05-13Bibliographically approved

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