Developing educational modules to enhance care of aged and dying inmates: Set-up phase

Erin Kitt-Lewis, Susan J. Loeb, Valerie H. Myers, Rachel K. Wion, Brenda Baney, Sophia Strickfaden

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The purpose of this article is to explain the strategies used in the “Set-up” phase of developing computer-based education on the care and management of incarcerated people who are older and/or dying. Public health nurses have an opportunity to support efforts in educating corrections staff to enhance health care for older and dying inmates. Such endeavors can promote social justice through inmates receiving evidence-based care that parallels that received by the community at large. “Set-up” is the first of four phases in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Framework for Going to Full Scale. Our design approach was threefold and included an environmental scan, a modified Delphi survey, and a usability study. An expert advisory board was consulted throughout the Set-up Phase. Participants for the Delphi Survey had expertise in geriatrics and corrections health care. Usability testing was conducted at two State Correctional Institutions. The Delphi Survey consisted of three Qualtrics surveys. Usability testing examined navigability; detected problems; observed time spent solving problems; identified problem severity; and developed recovery strategies. The Set-up established proof of concept, three prototype modules, and a specifications document to guide future programming. In addition, a Technology Niche Analyses ® provided a preliminary commercialization plan (NIH, 2017). The Set-up phase has been instrumental in exposing the available infrastructure for dissemination of an educational product within corrections and may be a first step in addressing public health concerns on issues in aging. Commercial feasibility of the program and the need for continued research for Developing the Scalable Unit were established.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-410
Number of pages10
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Nursing
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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