A Systematic Scoping Review on Dignity Assessment Tools.

Lim, Yun Xue, Quah, Elaine Li Ying, Chua, Keith Zi Yuan, Lin Ronggui, Casper Keegan, Govindasamy, Ranitha, Ong, Simone Meiqi, Ong, Eng Koon, Phua, Gillian Li Gek ORCID: 0000-0002-2034-9723 and Krishna, Lalit Kumar Radha ORCID: 0000-0002-7350-8644
(2024) A Systematic Scoping Review on Dignity Assessment Tools. Journal of pain and symptom management, 67 (4). e263-e284.

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<h4>Context</h4>The provision of person-centered dignity-conserving care is central to palliative care. It is important to reevaluate current methods of assessing dignity as the concept of dignity is multifaceted.<h4>Objectives</h4>The aim of this study is to understand the tools which are used to assess a patient's dignity and the elements of dignity evaluated in these tools.<h4>Methods</h4>Two independent and concurrent Systematic Evidence-Based Approach guided systematic scoping reviews (SSR in SEBA) on existing dignity assessment tools and on accounts of assessments of dignity were carried out. The SSR in SEBA on dignity assessment tools involving PubMed, Embase, PsycINFO, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Scopus, and CINAHL databases saw 22 full-text articles included from the 645 articles reviewed. The SSR in SEBA on accounts of assessments of dignity featured in the PubMed database identified 102 full-text articles which saw 46 articles included.<h4>Results</h4>The domains identified were factors affecting patients' definition of dignity; elements of dignity-conserving care; and components of effective tools.<h4>Conclusion</h4>Current accounts to assess dignity and assessment tools fail to capture shifting self-concepts of dignity holistically. A portfolio-like appraisal of dignity is proposed to achieve assessments that are timely, longitudinal, and patient-specific. Portfolio-based assessments by members of the multidisciplinary team will better direct timely evaluations of relevant aspects of changing concepts of dignity, without losing the patient's holistic perception of dignity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Palliative Care, Terminal Care, Personhood, Systematic Reviews as Topic, Respect
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Population Health
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2023 14:43
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2024 01:56
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2023.12.008
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2023.12.008
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3177571