Self-awareness of disease stigma: Reflections of healthcare professionals

Chih Hsuan Chen, Ying Ting Wang, Bih Ching Shu

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Abstract

People who suffer from disease frequently experience disease-related stigmas. Stigma presents in daily life during normal human interactions. The stereotypes promoted by the media often impact public opinion significantly. Moreover, healthcare professionals may exacerbate stigmatization due to their misunderstanding of patients and their disease issues. Therefore, the reflection on stigma of healthcare professionals cannot be ignored. The present article illustrates the issue of stigmas held by healthcare professionals, their related stigmas, and their self-awareness. It is hoped that all healthcare professionals may cooperate to develop an anti-stigma strategy and to become true spokespersons for their patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-18
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nursing
Volume64
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

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