Improving the care of older persons in Australian prisons using the Policy Delphi method

Dementia (London). 2016 Sep;15(5):1219-33. doi: 10.1177/1471301214557531. Epub 2014 Nov 13.


There are currently no internationally recognised and approved processes relating to the care of older persons with dementia in prison. This research aimed to develop tools and procedures related to managing the care of, including the identification and assessment of, older persons with dementia who are imprisoned in New South Wales, Australia. A modified approach to the Policy Delphi method, using both surveys and facilitated discussion groups, enabled experts to come together to discuss improving the quality of care provision for older persons with dementia in prison and achieve research aims.

Keywords: Delphi method; correctional health; dementia; older person; prison.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Australia
  • Criminals / psychology*
  • Delphi Technique
  • Dementia / diagnosis*
  • Dementia / therapy*
  • Health Personnel
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Prisons / standards*