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Bylund-Grenklo, T., Werkander-Harstäde, C., Sandgren, A., Benzein, E. & Östlund, U. (2019). Dignity in life and care: the perspectives of Swedish patients in a palliative care context. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 25(4), 193-201
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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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mark Allen Group, 2019
Palliative care, Dignity, Health professionals, Care of the dying
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-74009 (URN)10.12968/ijpn.2019.25.4.193 (DOI)000464949000006 ()31013197 (PubMedID)

Funding Agency:

Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research and Charity  20152002

Available from: 2019-05-03 Created: 2019-05-03 Last updated: 2019-05-03Bibliographically approved
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-2949-2195

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