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- 2.From the very beginning of our systematic review, we clearly define that “dignity is considered to be a fundamentally intrinsic feature of the human individual.” In the same way that all the qualitative studies focus on the perception of personal dignity3,4,5have underlined, the former is sensitive to the image that patients have of themselves (identity), to the relationship with others, and to their surroundings.
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