Dignity therapy: a psychotherapeutic intervention to enhance the end of life experience for people with Motor Neurone Disease and their family carers
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Background: Dignity therapy has not been tested in people with MND and their families. Methods: This cross-sectional feasibility study used a one-group pre/post-test design with 29 people with MND and 18 family carers. Results: There were no significant changes on the outcomes. Feedback responses indicate dignity therapy is acceptable. Dignity therapy is feasible if communication issues can be overcome. Conclusions: While dignity therapy is feasible and acceptable, further research is warranted to explore its ability to diminish distress.
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Bentley, B.; O'Connor, Moira; Shaw, J.; Breen, Lauren (2017)Introduction: Dignity therapy is an end-of-life psychological intervention that focuses on the creation of a legacy document to alleviate end-of-life distress. Dignity therapy is based on an empirical model of dignity at ...
Feasibility, acceptability and potential effectiveness of dignity therapy for family carers of people with motor neurone diseaseBentley, Brenda; O’ Connor, Moira; Breen, Lauren; Kane, Robert (2014)BACKGROUND: Dignity therapy is a brief psychotherapy that has been shown to enhance the end of life experience. Dignity therapy often involves family carers to support patients weakened by illness and family carers are ...
Feasibility, Acceptability, and Potential Effectiveness of Dignity Therapy for People with Motor Neurone DiseaseBentley, Brenda; O'Connor, Moira; Kane, Robert; Breen, Lauren (2014)Background: Motor neurone disease (MND) practice guidelines suggest developing interventions that will promote hope, meaning, and dignity to alleviate psychological distress, but very little research has been done. This ...