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Title: Exploring the experience of dignified palliative care in patients with advanced cancer and families: A feasibility study in Singapore
Authors: Lee, G.L. 
Ow, R. 
Akhileswaran, R.
Goh, C.R. 
Keywords: Advanced cancer
Feasibility study
Palliative care
Issue Date: Jul-2013
Citation: Lee, G.L., Ow, R., Akhileswaran, R., Goh, C.R. (2013-07). Exploring the experience of dignified palliative care in patients with advanced cancer and families: A feasibility study in Singapore. Progress in Palliative Care 21 (3) : 131-139. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Dignity is an important concept in palliative care. Yet, the concept is ambiguous and there does not seem to be agreement on how care can be delivered that preserves dignity at the end of life. The aim of the study was to conduct a feasibility study to explore the experience of dignity in palliative care in Singapore. We conducted qualitative interviews with four patients with advanced cancer and their primary family caregiver from a local largest home hospice service. The preliminary findings showed that the experience of dignity in Singapore context consists of three factors, which reflected 12 themes. These are (1) social factor, which comprised of family, friends, relatives, and employers; (2) organizational factor, which comprised of the healthcare system, voluntary welfare organization, and private sector, and (3) spiritual factor, which was associated with existential values, cultural and religious belief systems of the patients, and their families. The preliminary findings suggest similarity to the Western findings: dignity can be preserved by holistic care that focuses on psychosocial, physical, and spiritual aspects. In addition, dignified patient care should encompass the knowledge and sensitivity to the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic practices and health beliefs of the patients and their families. In conclusion, the preliminary findings suggest that using systems perspective, it is feasible to conduct a study to develop an empirical model on dignified palliative care in the Singapore context. © W. S. Maney & Son Ltd 2013.
Source Title: Progress in Palliative Care
ISSN: 09699260
DOI: 10.1179/1743291X12Y.0000000041
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