Title

Long-term care (LTC) residents' perceptions of care after humanistic patient narrative theory in-service training to LTC healthcare professionals.

Date of Award

5-1-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

School

Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

Degree Name

Doctor of Medical Humanities

Abstract

Residents of LTC facilities deserve to feel safe and secure in the place they call home. Over recent years the reputation of LTC facilities and those working within the field have been under scrutiny. Media coverage regarding the provision of care in LTC facilities that lacks quality, ethical, dignified, and humanistic care has resulted in public scrutiny and governmental oversight. Privacy and autonomy are often affected when residing in LTC facilities. Simple personal rights and freedoms, such as when to wake up or go to bed at night, the ability to take a bath privately, mealtimes, types of food preferred for meals, and the overall control LTC residents have over their own lives is often lost. LTC facility administrators and healthcare professionals need to learn about the importance of narrative theory for the provision of humanistic care. There is limited research and instruction in the effects of humanistic narrative theory upon the provision of care. This dissertation examines the issue in the context of how to educate healthcare professionals in humanistic narrative theory based upon the principles of ethics, and Edmund D. Pellegrino's theories as they contribute to the provision of humanistic care for LTC residents' needs. It is healthcare professionals' obligation to ensure that all LTC facility residents receive the provision of ethical and humanistic care.