The elderly patients' dignity: The core value of health

Bente Høy, E.O.C. Hall, L. Wagner

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This study shows how care providers in hospital practice perceive the elderly patient's dignity as a core value in health promoting care towards the elderly. Fifteen focus group interviews were conducted with care providers who told about their nursing practice experience. The interviews were analysed using a phenomenological hermeneutical approach. The results disclose that when caring for the elderly patient's health potential, care providers saw dignity as the core value of health. Dignity was found to capture three themes: autonomy, identity, and worthiness. These themes reflect the principles of nursing practice, protecting, enhancing and promoting the elderly patient's health potential. It is suggested that these themes of dignity provide a frame of reference in elder care; they shape the understanding of when health issues become a concern for health-promoting care for the elderly patient and what goals should be defined. Key words: Dignity, elderly patient, phenomenological hermeneutical method.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)160-168
Antal sider11
StatusUdgivet - 2007


  • værdighed
  • dignity
  • eldercare
  • ældre medinske patienter
  • ældre
  • sundhedsfremme