Dignity Therapy is a brief psychosocial intervention that helps improve well being and quality of life of palliative patients, like people affected by cancer or in the early stage of dementia.
Patients at an advanced age or affected by a serious illness often suffer from a lowered sense of dignity, belonging and quality of life. Developed by Professor Dr Harvey Max Chochinov, Dignity Therapy enables participants to discuss the most meaningful memories, experiences, relationships, and values with a trained Dignity therapist and retain them in a personal document to share.
Supporting quality of care and patient well-being
Dignity Therapy taps into personal resources, restoring resilience and orientation in patients and their family. Bolstering a sense of dignity, hope and fostering quality of life, many people in the end stage of life benefit from Dignity Therapy. Studies repeatedly show the positive effect of increased sense of dignity on patient well-being and quality of care.
Evidence based effectiveness
Studies on the effectiveness of Dignity Therapy in cancer patients and their relatives showed:
91% of patients reported that the interventions had been helpful
76% reported an increased sense of dignity
68% reported that the therapy had given them more meaning in their lives
47% felt a greater desire to live
81% rated the intervention as helpful for the family
Dignity Therapy also reduced sadness and depression and improved spiritual well-being, according to a 2011 study by Chochinov. Patients also felt that the intervention had helped family members. In general, they felt differently perceived and more appreciated by family members.
DIGNITY THERAPY TRAINING COURSES
For nursing staff, pastoral workers, therapists and other professionals working with people in old age or with a terminal illness, such as cancer or dementia.
Encourage dignity and self-care in patients
Relieve anxiety and depressive feelings
Learn how to produce a generativity document for patients to share
Supports people with terminal illnesses such as dementia or cancer, as well as nursing home residents and relatives:
To retrieve strength and orientation from individual life experience
To cope with feelings of anxiety, depression and grief
To record memorable personal wishes and values
"DIGNITY IN CARE"
Do you care for people with serious illnesses, disabilities, or age related conditions? Considering patient needs and conditions, Dignity in Care helps improve patients' quality of life.
Illness related changes in dignity and quality of life
The ABCD of dignity conserving care
Therapeutical conversation skills