End of life in hospitalised prisoners: a group comparison of palliative medicine and hospital use.
Stacey Panozzo, Tamsin Bryan, David Marco, Anna Collins, Carrie Lethborg, Jennifer Philip
BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care | BMJ | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: Providing optimal palliative and end-of-life care for people in prison with advanced progressive disease is a growing challenge. This study aimed to examine hospital and palliative care utilisation for people in prison who are hospitalised during the final 3 months of life and to compare with a disease-matched non-incarcerated patient cohort. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of people in prison who died between 2009 and 2019 in an Australian public hospital that provides tertiary-level healthcare for 18% of Australia's prison population. Demographic, clinical and service use data were extracted from medical records of eligible patients experiencing incarceration (prison grou..View full abstract