Special Features: Methods
Challenges and Strategies for Research in Prisons
Article first published online: 25 MAY 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Public Health Nursing
Volume 29, Issue 5, pages 467–472, September/October 2012
How to Cite
Apa, Z. L., Bai, R., Mukherejee, D. V., Herzig, C. T. A., Koenigsmann, C., Lowy, F. D. and Larson, E. L. (2012), Challenges and Strategies for Research in Prisons. Public Health Nursing, 29: 467–472. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2012.01027.x
- Issue published online: 24 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 25 MAY 2012
- prison collaboration;
- prison network;
- recruitment methods
In this article, we discuss some of the challenges encountered while conducting research in two maximum security prisons and approaches we found helpful to facilitate the research process through the development of collaborative relationships, the establishment of prison contacts, and the implementation of rigorous research methods. As a result of our experiences, we have been successful at maintaining a high rate of inmate participation (>80%) and a well-functioning multidisciplinary team. The approaches described may be useful to other investigators planning to conduct research in a challenging setting such as prisons.