High quality care places an emphasis on the uniqueness of each individual and seeks to preserve their own sense of dignity. How patients perceive themselves to be seen is a powerful mediator of their dignity.  The more that health providers affirm a patient’s value by seeing the person as they are or as they were, rather than just within the illness they have, the more likely a person’s sense of dignity will be upheld.
Palliative care practitioners are increasingly able to respond to the pain and symptom distress experienced by those at the end of life. However, the concept of providing comfort as opposed to making a person comfortable has only recently begun to be re-examined. [3,5] What an individual values will determine what priorities they set and can help health care professionals understand care priorities in delivering dignified care. 
Research has identified 'The Dignity Model' where three major categories emerged from the qualitative analysis of dying patient’s perceptions of their sense of dignity, including:
A study using these themes found that 'not feeling treated with respect or understanding' and 'feeling a burden to others' were the most highly endorsed dignity-related concerns. 
Last updated 27 August 2021