Development and pilot testing the Dignity in Care Survey for acute and subacute care settings
Health and aged care services strive to provide ‘person-centred’ or ‘consumer-directed’ care, but there is no agreed tool used across health and aged care to measure these concepts. The purpose of this research study is to develop a questionnaire that could be used to measure patients’ and carers’ experience of receiving care that is consistent with the 10 Principles of Dignity in Care. These 10 Principles are short, simple and powerful expressions of how health and aged care consumers interpret the 'person-centred' and 'consumer-focused' models of care. The research team will develop three versions of a Dignity in Care Questionnaire: a version for use by older people (including people with dementia) who are admitted to hospital; a version for use by their carer (i.e., their family/friend/advocate); and a version for use by health care staff. The validity and reliability of the Dignity in Care Questionnaire will be evaluated and if acceptable, will be recommend for use in Australian hospitals.
Ms Louise Heuzenroeder is a PhD Candidate at Flinders University, South Australia.