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Dignity in health care

Dignity concerns the way people feel, think and behave in relation to the worth or value of themselves and others. To treat someone with dignity is to treat them as being of worth, in a way that is respectful of their diversity, as valued individuals. In care situations, dignity may be promoted or diminished by: the physical environment; organisational culture; by the attitudes and behaviour of nurses and others and by the way in which care activities are carried out. When dignity is present people feel in control, valued, confident, comfortable and able to make decisions for themselves.

Explore this learning resource to strengthen your understanding and practice in promoting dignity for your patients or clients and your colleagues. Wherever you work, and whatever your role is within the nursing family, you’ll find one or more of these benefits: