Dignity In Health And Social Care

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Register to read the introduction… The concept of 'dignity' can be subjective, and each person has his or her own idea of what this means; nevertheless, the 'Dignity in care' campaign has shown that service users clearly consider dignity important. Issues such as gender, culture, religion and previous life experience will impact on an individual's idea of dignified treatment; finding out about these issues is a crucial part of treating a person with dignity.
The Department of Health and the Social Care Institute for Excellence use the following definition of 'dignity' in health and social care: "Dignity in care ... means the kind of care, in any setting, which supports and promotes, and does not undermine, a person's self-respect regardless of any difference.” Professional associations often have their own definitions of what it means to treat service users with dignity; in many cases, this is linked to the profession's 'duty of care' People sectioned under the Mental Health Act and people with capacity issues must also be treated with dignity: a 2007 amendment to the Mental Health Act has increased the penalty for professionals guilty of 'ill treatment or neglect' of people under section. Service users covered by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 must always be treated 'in their best interests', including attention to the beliefs, values and wishes of the

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