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Human dignity research in clinical practice: A systematic literature review
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9363-5667
Oslo Metropolitan University, NOR.
2021 (English)In: Scandinavien Journal of Caring Sciences, Vol. 35, no 4, p. 1038-1049Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background This literature study describes caring science research on human dignity in different clinical practice. We already know a good deal about human dignity in nursing care but how do patients, nurses, healthcare professionals and next of kin experience human dignity in clinical practice?

Aim To summarise studies on human dignity to gain a deeper understanding of how it can be achieved in caring science research and to gain a broader understanding of the differences and similarities across caring contexts. The aim was also to gain a broader understanding of the differences and similarities of human dignity across different clinical practice.

Method The literature review re-analysed 28 empirical studies on human dignity are experienced from acute, psychiatric, elderly and rehabilitation care. The data analysis strategy was conducted in a systematic and critical way and consisted of a five-step method.

Result Maintaining dignity was described when caregivers had the time and the will to see and listen to patient and had the courage to see what they did not want to see, allowing their inner powers to act with the purpose of doing good. In elderly care, it was important that elderly persons are involved as members of society and experience respect, confidence, security and charity. Indignity was described when caregivers did not allow patients to have their will and when they had unethical attitudes, ignoring patients and creating powerlessness. The feeling of being abandoned and not being taken seriously are also described in elderly care.

Conclusion Findings show how caregivers fulfil their ethical responsibility by seeing, listening and being a part of the time and place. The will to do good includes the courage to preserve dignity and human value rests on being created as a human being. More research is needed about ethical and moral responsibility in clinical practice.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2021. Vol. 35, no 4, p. 1038-1049
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caring science, human dignity, clinical practice, systematic literature review
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-81170DOI: 10.1111/scs.12922ISI: 000583732600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-81170DiVA, id: diva2:1485391
Available from: 2021-11-19 Created: 2020-11-02 Last updated: 2021-11-19Bibliographically approved

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