What it Means to Me

Most people agree that the goal of health care is to treat the whole person – mind, body and spirit. That means dignity, kindness and respect are reasonable expectations for anyone in contact with the health care system, no matter who they are, or why they seek out health care services. However, for those who work in the fast-paced world of health care, providing the most sensitive, responsive service can sometimes be a real challenge.

Dignity in Care provides practical ideas and tools to bridge the gap. Through 15 years of research, we’ve found efficient ways to broaden the dignity-supporting tools and insights of everyone working in health care. That means they can be more responsive to your fears, hopes and sensitivities, particularly when you are dealing with difficult situations.

These solutions are being pioneered by a research team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in collaboration with researchers around the world. This website will help the global community learn about the approach and build on the model by sharing ideas and success stories.

For people who use health care, Dignity in Care signals a movement toward a more universally responsive and sensitive health care system. It means that everyone providing care and services can be better equipped to understand and address your needs. It means that becoming a patient need not detract from your ability to be seen as a unique person, with individual needs and priorities.

Check back regularly as we develop new tools to assist interactions between people seeking health care services and those who work in the health care system.