The Royal College of Nursing defines dignity as being:
"… concerned with how 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 them as valued individuals". (1)
In care situations, dignity may be promoted or diminished by:
A patient's dignity is particularly at risk in situations involving nutritionas has been highlighted by regulators and patient advocate groups (2,3).
To provide dignity in care, you need to: (4)
These resources were last accessed on 7 December 2015.
RCN (2010) Principles of Nursing Practice. RCN.