Mapping Palliative Care Provision for Prisoners in Europe

Aims and Objectives

The Task Force has two main aims:

  1. To undertake scoping work in five countries to map the current provision of palliative care for prisoners (UK, Poland, France, Austria, Czech Republic).
  2. To develop an international network of professionals interested in palliative care for prisoners from as many European countries as possible, and other countries outside of Europe.



Prisoner populations in many countries are rising, in part because of ageing populations, and as a consequence increasing numbers of prisoners are approaching the end of life in custody. In most countries there is little or no research in this area, and even where there is a growing body of research it is still in its infancy and there remain large gaps in knowledge. In addition, different countries have different policies and approaches to dying prisoners; in some places such prisoners would always be released at the end of life, whilst in others compassionate release is rare. To date there has been no scoping or mapping work undertaken across European countries, so there exists no overview of palliative care provision for prisoners. This Task Force will begin to address this lack of knowledge by scoping palliative care provision in five European countries. However, in order to do this we first need to gain an understanding of prison systems and structures in each country, and also develop links with key individuals working within the prison systems in each country.



May 2017 (at EAPC in Madrid) 

Formal launch of Task Force

Dec 2017

Identification of country leads

July 2018

Development of survey and questionnaire

Dec 2018

Collection of descriptive data (Part A)

Apr 2019

Analysis of descriptive data

Jul 2019

 Distribution and completion of questionnaire (Part B)

Dec 2019 

Analysis of questionnaire data

May 2020 

Preparation of White Paper


Dr Mary Turner

Reader in Health Services Research,
University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, UK

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Prof Piotr Krakowiak

Professor of Social Work
Nicolas Copernicus University
Torun, Poland

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Steering Committee

Dr Katherine Pettus, Advocacy Officer, IAHPC; Vice Chair, Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs; Secretary, NGO Committee on Ageing, Vienna, Austria.
Juliana Bindasova, Research Fellow, Centre for Palliative Care, Prague, Czech Republic.
Aline Chassagne, Researcher, Clinical Investigation Centre 1431, University Hospital Besancon, France and PhD student in sociology and anthropology, University of Bourgogne, France.
Elodie Cretin, Researcher, Clinical Investigation Centre 1431, University Hospital Besancon, France
Jose Miguel Carrasco, Spain 

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