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Enhancing dignity in older persons in Sweden: adaptation of the Dignity Care Intervention
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. (Care about caring)
Centre for Collaborative Palliative Care, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden; Centre for Research & Development, Uppsala University/Region Gävleborg, Gävle, Sweden.
Centre for Collaborative Palliative Care, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. (Care about caring)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9209-5179
2018 (English)In: 24th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background : In end of life, the older persons´ experiences of dignity can be affected due to serious illness and life changes, derived from physical, psychological, social and existential dimension. Loss of dignity impact the persons´ will to live. The Dignity Care Intervention (DCI) was developed and tested in Scotland and Ireland, to enhance dignity of older persons with palliative care needs, by nurses in municipality care. DCI consists a patient dignity inventory, reflective questions and examples of evidence-based care actions.

The aim was to develop and adapt the DCI to a Swedish context.

Methods: The patient dignity inventory was overall accepted by older persons in home care, however some changes in the wording were performed. The Swedish care actions reflected mostly earlier care actions described in the original version. However some more care actions derived in some of the categories in the Swedish DCI (DCI-SWE) e.g. “social support”, and some less care actions derived for example in the category “aftermath concerns”.  In DCI-SWE general care actions like e.g. to show respect were concretized unlike the original DCI.

Conclusions: The DCI-SWE has prospects to enhance older persons´ dignity, and is now tested in a feasibility study by twelve nurses in home care.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
Dignity, End of life care, Palliative Care
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences Nursing
Research subject
Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-67366OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-67366DiVA, id: diva2:1221735
Conference
24th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, Oslo, Norway, 2-4 May, 2018
Projects
Dignity Care ProjectAvailable from: 2018-06-20 Created: 2018-06-20 Last updated: 2018-06-20Bibliographically approved

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