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The impact of prison hospice: collaboration among social workers and other professionals in a criminal justice setting that promotes care for the dying.

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Department of Social Work, College of Community and Public Affairs, PO Box 6000, Binghamton University, NY 13902, USA. lbronst@binghamton.edu

Abstract

This study reports on a qualitative national telephone survey with coordinators of 14 prison hospice programs in 11 states. The rationale behind the survey was to learn about interdisciplinary collaboration between social work and criminal justice, using prison hospice as an exemplar of this collaboration. In addition to learning that all prison hospices in the study operate using an interdisciplinary team model and that most report high quality collaboration on the hospice team, the following additional five themes emerged: administrators and wardens are very supportive while correctional staff provides mixed support to team and program; greater collaboration with those outside prison hospice is critical; collaboration through prison hospice has a positive impact on dying prisoners; collaboration through prison hospice has a positive impact on prisoner volunteers; and, collaboration through prison hospice has a positive impact on the entire culture of the prison.

PMID:
17387096
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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