Translating dignity therapy into practice

Effects and lessons learned

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Abstract

Dignity Therapy (DT) is an intervention designed to lessen existential suffering as death draws near. DT has a growing evidence base, with positive outcomes for patients and their family members; however, it is not yet widely available in community settings. The purpose of this project was to translate DT into clinical practice in a cancer center in the midwestern United States. DT was provided to 10 patients with metastatic cancer who completed baseline and post-intervention measures of depression, existential distress, health-related quality of life, and satisfaction with the intervention. DT was found to be feasible and acceptable to the majority of patients and their families. DT outcomes will be presented, along with suggestions for clinicians who are interested in offering DT in their practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-145
Number of pages11
JournalOmega (United States)
Volume67
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Therapeutics
cancer
Midwestern United States
Psychological Stress
family member
Neoplasms
quality of life
Quality of Life
Depression
death
health
community
evidence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Health(social science)
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Translating dignity therapy into practice : Effects and lessons learned. / Johns, Shelley.

In: Omega (United States), Vol. 67, No. 1-2, 01.01.2013, p. 135-145.

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