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What’s the use of Human Dignity within Palliative Care?
2002 (English)In: Nursing Philosophy, ISSN 1466-7681, E-ISSN 1466-769X, Vol. 3, no 2, 177-181 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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n discussions on palliative care and in palliative care we often hear references to the idea of a ‘death with dignity’ or a ‘dignified death’ in different forms. Dignity is obviously one of the more central concepts in discussions on the topic of a good death, and it is frequently used to label good dying and death, and good care for dying people.† Still, a problem in relation to the concept of dignity is that it is used in a number of different ways and it is far from clear what it implies to talk in terms of dignity in relation to death and dying. In Saunders & Baines (1983) it is even argued that this lack of clarity should result in us not using the concept. In this short paper I will outline and develop some ideas concerning this developed in my thesis A good death. On the value of death and dying (Sandman, 2001). First I will present a number of different uses and connotations of the term ‘dignity’ found in the palliative (and other) care contexts. Then I will focus specifically on the idea of human dignity and its relevance to palliative care. The first part of that discussion will be devoted to the basis of such a human dignity and the second part to the implications that accepting such a dignity will have for palliative care.

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Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd. , 2002. Vol. 3, no 2, 177-181 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-7454DOI: 10.1046/j.1466-769X.2002.00099.xLocal ID: 2320/7295OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-7454DiVA: diva2:888317
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2017-10-09Bibliographically approved

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