On different types of dignity in nursing care: a critique of Nordenfelt

Wainwright, Paul and Gallagher, Ann (2008) On different types of dignity in nursing care: a critique of Nordenfelt. Nursing Philosophy, 9(1), pp. 46-54. ISSN (print) 1466-7681

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Abstract

Dignity appears to be an important concept in nursing philosophy and more widely in health care policy and provision. Recent events in the UK have generated much interest in the subject. However, there appears to be some confusion about the precise meaning and application of the concept. An influential contribution to the debate has come from Nordenfelt, who, as part of a European project investigating dignity and the care of older people, has proposed a four-part typology of dignity. In this article, we will explore some of the background to the dignity debate in UK nursing and health care, give a brief overview of Nordenfelt's position, offer some criticisms of his work and propose some modifications to his view.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dignity, ethics, nursing, Nordenfelt, respect
Research Area: Nursing and midwifery
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences (until 2013)
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Depositing User: Lucinda Lyon
Date Deposited: 18 May 2009 12:05
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2010 14:55
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/4790

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