Dehumanization of health care

Other Names:
Degrading medical treatment
Abusive treatment of women in labour
Undignified medical treatment

Patients are being perceived and treated as things or nonpersons or lesser persons without any warmth in human interaction. The same social forces that contribute to dehumanization in economic and political milieus lead to dehumanization in health care: aggregation of services, bureaucratization of services, secularization of values, professionalization of skills, and proliferation of technologies.


The highly technical nature of hospitals and specialist practices is bewildering. Many patients do not understand what is going on and want someone to listen to them, to make them feel less like an object.


Counter Claim:

British architects claim that modern hospitals are built to meet patients' needs and improve their well-being.

Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 5: Gender Equality
Date of last update
21.05.2019 – 17:47 CEST