Systematic review of aged care interventions for older prisoners

Bruce A. Stevens, Rhonda Shaw, Peter Bewert, Mavis Salt, Rebecca Alexander, Brendan Loo Gee

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Objective: The care of older prisoners is a growing problem. This review examined aged care interventions in prisons. Methods: A systematic review was conducted following preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta‐analyses guidelines. A total of 1186 abstracts were screened for inclusion. Quantitative and qualitative studies were included. Results: Two quantitative studies and five qualitative studies examined aged care interventions (n = 7). An intervention involving physical health activities was not effective in reducing distress compared to a control, and an intervention of psychosocial, physical and spiritual health activities for veterans was not effective when compared to a comparison group. Qualitative analysis generated themes that apply to best practices: addressing older prisoners’ needs, identifying barriers for older prisoners and staff, considering the prison culture, program delivery and cultivating older prisoners and staff attitudes. Conclusion: This review found no significant interventions in prisons. However, the qualitative findings showed evidence of best practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-42
Number of pages9
JournalAustralasian Journal of Ageing
Issue number1
Early online date06 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


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