Dignity is concerned with how people feel, think and behave in relation to the worth or value they feel for themselves and others. (RCN 2009)
'The notion of "basic dignity" has been described as a universal moral quality that is internally held and inalienable from life itself' (Chochinov, 2006 p92).
Chochinov HM (2006) Dying, dignity, and new horizons in palliative end-of-life care. Cancer J Clin 56(2): 84-103RCN (2009) Dignity. Small changes make a big difference: how you can influence to deliver dignified care. RCN. London.
Related terms: Empowerment Tolerance Transcultural Ethics Universalism