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Key Roles for Palliative Social Work in Correctional Settings 

Key Roles for Palliative Social Work in Correctional Settings
Key Roles for Palliative Social Work in Correctional Settings

John F. Linder

and Sheila R. Enders

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date: 23 May 2022

This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Prison populations worldwide are growing in number, advancing in age, and composed primarily of the underprivileged in their respective societies.

The incarcerated enter prison in poorer health, having received inferior health care compared to age-matched peers.

Poor quality health care should not be part of the punishment imposed by society.

Palliative care and hospice offer solutions to address the needs of aging and dying inmates.

Interdisciplinary team care is the preferred model for end-of-life care, and social workers are integral to the success of that model, in prison and in the community.

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