Lucid Literature searching service at the Library undertook literature searching for “Dignity therapy interventions for young people in palliative care: a rapid structured evidence review”.  The study was carried out by Alison Rodriguez and Joanna Smith from the School of Healthcare.

Dignity Therapy aims to address dying patients’ distress using psychotherapeutic interventions which are designed to give patients a sense of meaning and purpose – focusing on their most treasured memories, achievements, roles, life lessons and the significant people in their lives. Patients are asked a number of questions which help to reinforce a sense of self and bring about a sense of meaning to their life. Interviews with patients are recorded, transcribed and edited and patients are able to make any appropriate edits before the narrative is complete.

Lucid literature searching service assembled searches to capture literature on Dignity Therapy interventions which help people who are facing end of life. The searches identified a huge gap in the literature on Dignity Therapy for young patients at the end of life. Palliative care must not only support patients’ physical wellbeing, but also their psychosocial, existential and spiritual needs. Dignity Therapy could be an extremely beneficial intervention, vital in supporting both young dying patients and their families.