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End-of-Life Care and Barriers for Female Inmates
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
© 2011 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 477–485, July/August 2011
How to Cite
Loeb, S. J., Penrod, J., Hollenbeak, C. S. and Smith, C. A. (2011), End-of-Life Care and Barriers for Female Inmates. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 40: 477–485. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01260.x
- Issue published online: 19 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Accepted February 2011
The number of female inmates is growing, and their average age is increasing. As a result, end-of-life care is situated in a highly restrictive environment with a focus on security rather than comfort. We describe the need for and potential barriers to humane care and provide care strategies that can be useful in a complex organizational system. Frontline workers such as nurses who understand the balance between care and control must promote change in the women's prison system.