A study into palliative care services for offenders with AIDS at Westville Prison.
Moodley, Aneetha Devi.
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The study sought to determine what palliative care services were provided to offenders at Medium B correctional center, which is located at Durban Management Area. It identified the perceptions of offender-patients about the services they received. The study also identified challenges that staff and offender-volunteer caregivers faced in rendering services within a correctional context in South Africa. The sample consisted of three stakeholders, namely, offender-patients who were terminally ill with AIDS at the prison hospital, staff and offender volunteer caregivers. The methods of data collection comprised of content analysis, semi-structured interviews with offender-patients and focus group discussions with staff and offender volunteer caregivers. The study revealed that efforts were made by the Department of Correctional Services to provide services to terminally ill AIDS patients. Legislation and policy frameworks were consistently being developed by the Department to meet the needs of patients and to keep abreast with international best practices. Some services were in accordance with the theoretical framework of palliative care. However, many challenges were experienced because of the contextual constraints in which the services were being rendered. Recommendations to improve the delivery of services were made by all participants in the study. The study concludes with the recommendations by the researcher and suggestions for future research.