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Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2014 Nov;31(7):735-48. doi: 10.1177/1049909113506035. Epub 2013 Sep 26.

To be truly alive: motivation among prison inmate hospice volunteers and the transformative process of end-of-life peer care service.

Author information

1
College of Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA kristin.cloyes@nurs.utah.edu.
2
Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland, OR, USA.
3
Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville, IA, USA.
4
College of Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

Abstract

Some US prisons are meeting the growing need for end-of-life care through inmate volunteer programs, yet knowledge of the motivations of inmate caregivers is underdeveloped. This study explored the motivations of inmate hospice volunteers from across Louisiana State (n = 75) through an open-ended survey, a grounded theory approach to analysis, and comparison of responses by experience level and gender. Participants expressed complex motivations; Inter-related themes on personal growth, social responsibility and ethical service to vulnerable peers suggested that inmate caregivers experience an underlying process of personal and social transformation, from hospice as a source of positive self-identity to peer-caregiving as a foundation for community. Better understanding of inmate caregiver motivations and processes will help prisons devise effective and sustainable end of life peer-care programs.

KEYWORDS:

end of life; hospice volunteer; peer-care; prison hospice

PMID:
24071627
DOI:
10.1177/1049909113506035
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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