Postgraduate Research_Patient Dignity
Vulnerability and care are closely intertwined. When people are unwell they are particularly vulnerable, due to the constraints of a person’s own capabilities, caused by age, injury or illness. The addition of the invasive nature of healthcare treatments, shared space and the uncertainty of health outcomes can easily cause patients to feel at risk of violation. It is in these moments of vulnerability that human dignity is exposed.
An immersive role-play was a large component of Lauren Hyland's practise based research project that investigated patient dignity at the bedside.
Her research led to the development of a patient privacy screen that retrofits to the IV pole mount on any hospital bed. The screen is maneuverable provide patients a degree of privacy when moving through public space and can be removed completely when it is not needed.