Background: Persons living with aphasia have unique needs and challenges that would benefit from greater understanding among all health professionals.
Aim: To explore which factors influence social dignity in persons with aphasia in their contact with healthcare professionals.
Methods: A literature search was conducted in CINAHL, MEDLINE, Embase, PSYCINFO, ProQuest, Web of Science, ERIC and Epistemonikos. A total of 317 studies were read and eight were finally included. Qualitative content analysis methods were applied for data extraction and interpretation.
Results: One overarching theme emerged: enabling person-centred communication among healthcare professionals. This covered two main themes – the experiences of empathy and of empowerment. The first of these is based on the subthemes of openness and awareness of feelings, and being acknowledged as a unique person. The second covers three subthemes: involvement in care and rehabilitation; capacity building to gain control and confidence in communication; and enabling communication in community aphasia groups.
Conclusions: Healthcare professionals’ ability to safeguard the social dignity of persons with aphasia is contingent on enabling them to communicate in a person-centred manner. Without such communication, persons with aphasia may perceive that their feelings, uniqueness, involvement and confidence are being disregarded.Open access til artikkelen