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Palliative care in UK prisons: practical and emotional challenges for staff and fellow prisoners

Turner, Mary and Peacock, Marian (2017) Palliative care in UK prisons: practical and emotional challenges for staff and fellow prisoners. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 23 (1). pp. 56-65. ISSN 1940-5200

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Despite falling crime rates in England and Wales over the past 20 years, the number of prisoners has doubled. People over the age of 50 constitute the fastest growing section of the prison population, and increasing numbers of older prisoners are dying in custody. This article discusses some of the issues raised by these changing demographics and draws on preliminary findings from a study underway in North West England. It describes the context behind the rise in the numbers of older prisoners; explores the particular needs of this growing population; and discusses some of the practical and emotional challenges for prison officers, health care staff, and fellow prisoners who are involved in caring for dying prisoners in a custodial environment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of Correctional Health Care, 23 (1), 2017, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2017 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Journal of Correctional Health Care page: on SAGE Journals Online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: End-of-life care, Palliative care, Prison, Frail older adults
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sally Hughes
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2017 15:16
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 15:40


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