Care or custody? An evaluation of palliative care in prisons in North West England

Mary Turner, Sheila Payne, Zephyrine Barbarachild

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Abstract

This study aimed to evaluate health professionals' views about palliative care provision in prisons in the counties of Cumbria and Lancashire in the North West of England. Seventeen prison healthcare staff and nine specialist palliative care staff participated in semi-structured interviews and 16 prison healthcare staff completed a questionnaire designed to measure knowledge, skills and confidence in relation to palliative care. The findings highlighted tensions between the philosophies of care and custody, and the many challenges in providing palliative care in a custodial setting. This paper presents two illustrative case study examples, and suggests ways in which some of these challenges can be overcome in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-377
Number of pages8
JournalPalliative Medicine
Volume25
Issue number4
Early online date14 Jan 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

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