This report discusses the task of searching for a piece of literature based on the theme of ‘Respect and Dignity’. This is an important topic for all healthcare professionals such as nurses and midwives, doctors, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to be aware of, as service users have a right and an expectation to be treated with respect and dignity at all times when accessing healthcare. The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement states that dignity in care should involve “…offering a genuinely personal service; flexibility in where or when the care is provided; a service that considers the right to privacy of people receiving care; and the encouragement of independence and self-esteem”. I believe that treating patients with respect and dignity in a healthcare setting should ensure that freedom of choice is maintained, that patients feel in control of their care, that their views, wishes and individual preferences are acknowledged and fulfilled, that the patient is communicated with effectively in order to provide complete knowledge of a plan of health care and that full consent is given at every stage of a patient’s care.
The literature search was commenced by working in a small team with 4 other nursing and midwifery students in order to identify relevant and important themes within the ‘Respect and Dignity’ topic. We each contributed to a discussion and the themes that we identified together included: privacy, communication, independence, human rights, delivery of care, confidentiality and choices. Our group then identified ‘communication’ as our chosen theme within the topic, as I believe that in order to show respect and maintain dignity, good communication is of utmost importance. I then focussed on a specific theme within ‘communication’ that I believed would be relevant to my chosen branch of study of children’s nursing. I finally narrowed my specific search
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