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Growing old with dignity: A concept analysis

Fenton, E. and Mitchell, T. (2002) Growing old with dignity: A concept analysis. Nursing Older People, 14 (4). pp. 19-21. ISSN 1472-0795 Available from:

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The term ‘dignity’ describes an attitude and approach to people that is integral to caring (Carper 1978), and users of healthcare services should expect their dignity to be respected at all times (Department of Health 1996). This article analyses the concept of ‘dignity’ as it relates to older people receiving care and promotes the use of concept analysis as a way of making sense of the intricacies involved in working with older people. The framework developed by Norris (1982) facilitates the examination of abstract knowledge and ways of knowing, and acknowledges humanistic and holistic perspectives of nursing. It is used here as a means of connecting theory with the real world of nursing.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:aging, dignity, models and theories, elderly, nursing
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences
Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Nursing and Midwifery
ID Code:947
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Deposited On:21 Jan 2010 13:04
Last Modified:22 Apr 2015 09:00

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