Corcoran, MS, Lillie, A, Read, S, Wrigley, A and Hunt, K (2018) Encountering offenders in community palliative care settings: Challenges for effective care provision. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 24 (8). pp. 112-119. ISSN 1357-6321

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There is very little research into the way that offender management strategies impinge on the practices and decision-making of palliative care personnel in community settings.

To improve understanding of the challenges that community palliative care service providers encounter when caring for people who have been sentenced to custody and are under the supervision of the prison or probation services.

This paper discusses one part of a larger multidisciplinary study on bereavement, loss and grief in the criminal justice system. It reports the findings from a focus group with 10 health professionals working within specialist community palliative care services. Thematic analysis was undertaken to identify and explicate the most significant themes arising from the transcript data.

There were situations where the participants were able to identify that patients were under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system or had relatives in custody. Three themes emerged that highlighted distinctive aspects of providing care to this patient group. These themes were: patients under prison, probation or police supervision altered the dynamics of care provision; prisoners were restricted from supporting or contacting their dying relatives in the community; and participants (professionals) were obstructed from supporting patients at home because of criminal or antisocial behaviour by relatives of the dying.

Health professionals face multiple challenges that curtail them from fully realising the aims of palliative care for patients and relatives under criminal justice supervision, in ways that merit further consideration and research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Mark Allen Publishing Ltd. at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: prisoner, criminal justice system, palliative, equitable care, disenfranchised grief
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 09:20
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2019 09:44

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