Developing a typology of models of palliative care delivery in prisons in high-income countries: protocol for a scoping review with narrative synthesis

Emma Gilbert*, Mary Turner, Nick De Viggiani, Lucy E Selman

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Abstract

Introduction
A combination of punitive sentencing practices within ageing populations, compounded by the health challenges faced by people in prison, mean that dedicated palliative care provision within prisons is a pressing requirement. However, evidence about exactly how quality palliative and end of life care is delivered in this environment remains sparse.

This review aims to develop a typology of models of palliative and end of life care delivery within prisons in high-income countries to inform service development and policy.

Methods and Analaysis
We will conduct a scoping review of published studies and grey literature, following the Arksey & O’Malley framework (1). We will report data on models of palliative and end of life care delivery in prisons in high-income countries. Searches will be undertaken in Medline, EMBASE, CINAHL, Social Sciences Citation Index and PsyINFO for all study types, published from 1st January 2000 to December 2021, and reference lists from key reviews and studies will be screened for additional references. We will also screen grey literature from within other high-income countries using a targeted search strategy. For published reports of original research, study quality and risk of bias will be assessed independently by two reviewers using the Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool. A narrative synthesis of the data will be undertaken, integrating the results of the quality assessment.

Ethics and dissemination
Approval by research ethics committee is not required since the review only includes published and publicly accessible data. We will publish our findings in a peer-reviewed journal as per PRISMA 2020 guidance.

Protocol registration
The final protocol was registered with the Research Registry on 26.11.2021 www.researchregistry.com
Unique ID number: reviewregistry1260
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere060886
Number of pages5
JournalBMJ Open
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding This work is undertaken as part of EG’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) predoctoral fellowship (award number NIHR301173). LS is funded by an NIHR Career Development Fellowship.

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