Why Is Dignity Important?

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Dignity is important because it allows individuals and groups to feel respected, valued and connected with others around them. Dignity and respect are considered basic human rights, and both help people feel a sense of worthiness and importance. Dignity involves a mutual effort among people to listen, understand opinions and values and include one another in conversations.

Treating people with dignity is an important practice in daily life. However, it can be overlooked in certain situations, such as when providing healthcare to elderly and disabled patients as well as when performing medical treatments on people of different races, socioeconomic statuses and ethnic identities. Showing dignity involves listening to and acknowledging concerns, making people feel their opinions are valued and speaking to them on an equal level.