Kindness, Humanity, and Respect

These core values of health care must be safeguarded in our time-pressured world. Dignity in Care provides practical ideas and tools to support a culture of compassion and respect throughout the health care system. Read more.

New + Noteworthy

Latest paper published by Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit

Chochinov HM. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.  Dignity in Care: Time to Take Action.  2013 Oct 5. pii: S0885-3924(13)00452-1. [Epub ahead of print]

The culture of medicine tends to be organized around care rather than caring.  This has profound implications, for patients, families and healthcare providers alike.  This article explores these issues, and the actions needed to see caring take hold.

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New paper by Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, published in the journal Cancer!

Chochinov, H. M., McClement, S. E., Hack, T. F., McKeen, N. A., Rach, A. M., Gagnon, P., Sinclair, S., Taylor-Brown, J. (2013), Health care provider communication: An empirical model of therapeutic effectiveness. Cancer. doi: 10.1002/cncr.27949  Download full article.

This paper provides an empirical model of optimal therapeutic effectiveness, offering healthcare professionals detailed insights regarding the elements of effective communication and psychosocial care for patients experiencing illness-related distress.

This article can also be accessed from:

ResearchGate: (
Cancer - Wiley Online Library

Supplemental Material:

1. Table of theme and sub-theme definitions and exemplars
2. One page black and white handout of Model of Therapeutic Effectiveness
3. One page colour handout of Model of Therapeutic Effectiveness

2015 Dignity Therapy Training Workshop

Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov and his team will present an intensive Dignity Therapy Training Workshop June 3rd – June 5th, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Registration for this workshop is limited. Visit for information and to register online.

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Dignity in Care in the News

Dignity Therapy was featured in a story on National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States.

Listen to the September 12th 2011 broadcast
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