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Title: A systematic scoping review on patients’ perceptions of dignity
Authors: Chua, KZY
Quah, ELY
Lim, YX
Goh, CK
Lim, J
Wan, DWJ
Ong, SM
Chong, CS
Yeo, KZG
Goh, LSH
See, RM
Lee, ASI
Ong, YT
Chiam, M
Ong, EK 
Zhou, JX 
Lim, C 
Ong, SYK 
Krishna, L 
Keywords: Dignity
Reproducibility of Results
Terminal Care
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2022
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Citation: Chua, KZY, Quah, ELY, Lim, YX, Goh, CK, Lim, J, Wan, DWJ, Ong, SM, Chong, CS, Yeo, KZG, Goh, LSH, See, RM, Lee, ASI, Ong, YT, Chiam, M, Ong, EK, Zhou, JX, Lim, C, Ong, SYK, Krishna, L (2022-12-01). A systematic scoping review on patients’ perceptions of dignity. BMC Palliative Care 21 (1) : 118-. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: A socioculturally appropriate appreciation of dignity is pivotal to the effective provision of care for dying patients. Yet concepts of dignity remain poorly defined. To address this gap in understanding and enhance dignity conserving end-of-life care, a review of current concepts of dignity is proposed. Methods: To address its primary research question “How do patients conceive the concept of dignity at the end of life?”, this review appraises regnant concepts and influences of dignity, and evaluates current dignity conserving practices. To enhance accountability, transparency and reproducibility, this review employs the Ring Theory of Personhood (RToP) as its theoretical lens to guide a Systematic Evidence Based Approach guided Systematic Scoping Review (SSR in SEBA) of patient perspectives of dignity. Three independent teams of reviewers independently analysed included articles from a structured search of PubMed, Embase, PsycINFO, Scopus, CINAHL and Cochrane Databases using thematic and content analyses. The themes and categories identified were compared and combined using the Funnelling Process to create domains that guide the discussion that follows. Results: Seventy-eight thousand five hundred seventy-five abstracts were identified, 645 articles were reviewed, and 127 articles were included. The three domains identified were definitions of dignity, influences upon perceptions of dignity, and dignity conserving care. Conclusions: This SSR in SEBA affirms the notion that dignity is intimately entwined with self-concepts of personhood and that effective dignity conserving measures at the end of life must be guided by the patient’s concept of dignity. This SSR in SEBA posits that such personalised culturally sensitive, and timely support of patients, their family and loved ones may be possible through the early and longitudinal application of a RToP based tool.
Source Title: BMC Palliative Care
ISSN: 1472-684X
DOI: 10.1186/s12904-022-01004-4
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