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Death Stud. 2018 Jan;42(1):45-51. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2017.1303552. Epub 2017 Mar 29.

Agency behind bars: Advance care planning with aging and dying offenders.

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a School of Social Work , University of Iowa , Iowa City , Iowa , USA.
b Iowa Medical and Classification Center , Coralville , Iowa , USA.


Aging and terminally ill individuals in U.S. prisons are increasing, making critical the need for appropriate end-of-life (EOL) care and advance care planning (ACP). Applying Bandura's agentic perspective, the authors examined 20 aging/dying offenders' EOL preferences and ACP. Findings include 6 themes: decisions in the shadow of the past, what works best for me, feeling blessed, what is really going on, can anyone be trusted, and turning agency over to someone else. This study provides critical information that will assist professionals who work with dying offenders, as it presents a vivid illustration of their dying process.

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