Meeting end-of-life care needs for patients in custody

Megan Kendall, Luke Streitberg and Michael H Levy
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01273
Published online: 2 February 2015

To the Editor: The medicolegal complexities of withholding and withdrawing medical treatment in end-of-life (EOL) settings have been discussed in the Journal by White and colleagues.1 EOL care is becoming increasingly important in the incarcerated population, posing unique challenges for health services.

  • Justice Health Services, ACT Health, Canberra, ACT.


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  • 1. White B, Willmott L, Cartwright C, et al. Doctors' knowledge of the law on withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment. Med J Aust 2014; 201: 229-232. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Kariminia A, Law MG, Butler TG, et al. Factors associated with mortality in a cohort of Australian prisoners. Eur J Epidemiol 2007; 22: 417-428.
  • 3. Stone K, Papadopoulos I, Kelly D. Establishing hospice care for prison populations: an integrative review assessing the UK and USA perspective. Palliat Med 2012; 26: 969-978.


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