UMass Chan Medical School Faculty Publications


Academic-Correctional Health Partnerships: Preparing the Correctional Health Workforce for the Changing Landscape-Focus Group Research Results

UMMS Affiliation

Graduate School of Nursing; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Human Resources

Publication Date


Document Type



Health and Medical Administration | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research


Providing health care in corrections is challenging. Attracting clinicians can be equally challenging. The future holds a shortage of nurses and primary care physicians. We have a unique opportunity, now, to develop and stabilize our workforce, create a positive image, and enhance quality before the health care landscape changes even more dramatically. Focus groups were conducted with 22 correctional health care professionals divided into three groups: physicians (6), nurses (4), and nurse practitioners/physician assistants (12). Content focused on curricular themes, but additional themes emerged related to recruitment and retention. This article describes recruitment challenges, strategic themes identified, and the proposed initiatives to support a stable, high-quality correctional health workforce.

DOI of Published Version



J Correct Health Care. 2015 Jan;21(1):70-81. Link to article on publisher's site

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of correctional health care : the official journal of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care

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