How We Tackle Patient Dignity as Physiotherapists

Dignity Action Day was held on 1st February to highlight the importance of Dignity in Care and the responsibility of all care providers to uphold this basic human right.

As a Neurological Physiotherapist I have had the privilege of working with clients with a wide range of impairments and disabilities and the fundamental link that pulls us all together is listening to and respecting their wishes.

I always treat people how I would want to be treated myself or how I would want my family members to be treated. Everyone has their own expectations and ideals regarding dignity and as a clinician it is vital that during the assessment process we gauge these and have an awareness of that person as an individual.



Everyone has their own story and working collaboratively we can help to maintain a level of respect, privacy and dignity during the treatment process.

In my opinion, a big part of maintaining dignity is to ensure that a client has all the relevant information and choices available to them and that we do not impose our own thoughts or expectations on them.

During the rehabilitation process the overall aim is to assist an individual to return to a certain level of function and well-being. A huge part of this process involves regaining their identity and self- worth, sometimes after a debilitating, life changing event such a stroke or brain injury.

A person can find themselves unable to carry out their own personal care or may have to be hoisted in and out of bed and a huge adjustment process must take place. As Physiotherapist’s I believe we we can support our patient’s dignity by having an awareness of an individuals knowledge, skills and attitudes and by always being empathetic and respectful.


We hope you have found this article useful and if you or a loved one could benefit from some Physiotherapy sessions, we are always happy to have a chat, so please contact us.


Blog post written by Pippa Graham, Head2Toe Physiotherapist at Head2Toe Dorking, Leatherhead, & Crawley Clinics.

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