Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Joyce Gibson, PhD

Second Advisor

Joseph Wolfberg, MS

Third Advisor

Dan Jenkins, PhD


elder-care, person-centered care, person-centered leadership, dignity, workplace dignity, innate dignity, Leadership and Organizational Studies


This review explores dignity as it relates to the elder-care field, specifically in the areas of person-centered care and person-centered leadership. This review analyzes literature from these three subjects: person-centered care, person-centered leadership, and dignity, attempting to find connections between them. This integrative review examined multiple articles, and found fifteen pieces of literature on those three subjects that were the most relevant. Out of the fifteen resources, four articles and two books were chosen for this review. Two studies on person-centered care, two integrated reviews on person-centered leadership and two books written by renowned dignity expert Donna Hicks, PhD. Findings are as follows: Person-centered care, still considered a best care practice in aged care. Person-centered leadership is needed in order to create and implement person-centered care. Though aspects of dignity are found in literature on person-centered care and person-centered leadership, a more direct connection between dignity and person-centered approaches is hard to find. This study raised several questions related to the literature that would benefit from future study. The researcher offers recommendations for further study to explore dignity education in person-centered care and person-centered leadership.