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.

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Published by Oxford University Press, this text provides a blueprint for the psychological intervention Dignity Therapy developed by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov and his internationally lauded research team. Dignity Therapy has been designed to address many of the psychological, existential and spiritual challenges that patients and families face as they grapple with the reality of life drawing to a close.

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Recent publications by Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit

Health care, health caring, and the culture of medicine. Chochinov HM. Current Oncology. 2014 Oct;21(5):e668-9.

The secret is out: patients are people with feelings that matter. Chochinov HM. Palliat Support Care. 2013 Aug;11(4):287-8.

Dignity in care: time to take action. Chochinov HM. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2013 Nov;46(5):756-9.

Cause and rate of death in people with schizophrenia across the lifespan: a population-based study in Manitoba, Canada. Kredentser MS, Martens PJ, Chochinov HMPrior HJ. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2014 Feb;75(2):154-61.

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

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:

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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