About Us – Dignity in Care
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.
Dignity in Care is based on 25 years of research by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov and members of his research team, in collaboration with progressive researchers from Australia, England and the United States.
They have found that:
• People working in health care can have a huge influence on the dignity of those who use health care services, which in turn can improve the patient experience and increase satisfaction with health care.
• Good communication is an essential ingredient for providing the best quality of health care and patient safety.
Other researchers have found that better interactions between those who provide and use health care can result in better health outcomes for patients and improved job satisfaction for those who work in health care.
These findings show the importance of making dignity a conscious goal of health care, particularly at the bedside.
When people use health care services, their sense of dignity is affected by many common factors.
Dignity in Care is gaining momentum around the globe with the aid of international research and collaboration.
The Dignity in Care team is partnered with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and CancerCare Manitoba.
Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov
Dr. Chochinov leads the research team that pioneered the Dignity Model and Dignity Therapy.