Identifying care actions to conserve dignity in end-of-life care

Brown, H., Johnston, B. and Ostlund, U. (2011) Identifying care actions to conserve dignity in end-of-life care. British Journal of Community Nursing, 16(5), pp. 238-245. (PMID:21642928)

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Community nurses have a central role in the provision of palliative and end-of-life care; helping people to die with dignity is an important component of this care. To conserve dignity, care should comprise a broad range of actions addressing the distress that might impact on the patient's sense of dignity. These care actions need to be defined. This study aims to suggest care actions that conserve dignity at the end of life based on evidence from local experience and community nursing practice. Data were collected by focus group interviews and analysed by framework analysis using the Chochinov model of dignity as a predefined framework. Suggestions on care actions were given in relation to all themes. As part of a multi-phase project developing and testing a dignity care pathway, this study might help community nurses to conserve dying patients' dignity.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnston, Professor Bridget
Authors: Brown, H., Johnston, B., and Ostlund, U.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Journal Name:British Journal of Community Nursing
Publisher:Mark Allen Healthcare

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