Patients’ lived experiences regarding maintaining dignity

  • MohammadAli Cheraghi Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Arpi Manookian Assistant professor, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Alireza Nikbakht-Nasrabadi Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Keywords: human dignity, patient rights, qualitative research, hermeneutics, nursing ethics

Abstract

Preservation of dignity is frequently emphasized as a basic patient’s right in national and international nursing codes of ethicsand is indeed the essence and core of nursing care. It is therefore essential to explore the concept based on patients’ livedexperiences in order to maintain and respect their dignity and consequently improve the quality of health services and patientsatisfaction. The present study aimed to discover the lived experiences of Iranian patients regarding maintaining their dignity atthe bedside.This qualitative study was conducted using an interpretive phenomenological approach. A total of 14 participants (9 women and5 men) were purposefully selected, and data were collected through individual, semi-structured and deep interviews. Therecorded interviews were transcribed and analyzed by the Diekelman, Allen and Tanner approach.The findings of this study revealed three main themes and related subthemes regarding the meaning of preserving patients’dignity. The first main theme was “exigency of preserving the innate human dignity” and comprised two subthemes: “respectfor the intrinsic equality of all humans” and “treating the patient as a valued person, not an object”. The second theme was“service based on love and kindness” and included two subthemes: ‘being with the patient” and “inspiring the sense of beingaccepted and loved”. The third main theme emerged as “dignifying and transcendental professional service” and consisted oftwo subthemes: “professional commitment to uphold patients’ rights” and “enlightened practice”.This study revealed that the concept of maintaining patients’ dignity is related to health providers’ duty to preserve patients’dignity and also their moral obligation to manifest the human love that is in their own as well as their patients’ nature. Inconclusion, if nurses reflect on the transcendental nature of nursing care, they will value and prize their everyday bedsidenursing practice and will utilize their capacities to be more human as well.
Published
2016-02-28
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Cheraghi M, Manookian A, Nikbakht-Nasrabadi A. Patients’ lived experiences regarding maintaining dignity. jmehm. 8.
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