Chronic Disease Management in the Correctional Setting

An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health professionals, and other interested individuals working in a correctional setting.

Healthcare practice in correctional institutions is based on the same standards of practice as care delivered in the community. The secure setting and legal status of the patient population place unique constraints and obligations on care provision. Managing the chronic conditions of the incarcerated patient population is a major part of correctional health care practice.

This is a video-style course with text content located at the end of the chapter.​

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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles governing a standard chronic disease program in a correctional nursing setting.
  2. Outline key elements in chronic disease management delivered by the healthcare team.
  3. Describe specific challenges to delivering appropriate chronic care in a correctional setting.


Chapter 1: Chronic Disease Service Principles

  • Medically Managed Clinical Protocols
  • Documentation of Chronic Disease Services
  • Chronic Disease Data Base
  • Special Needs
  • Additional Resource: A Day in the Jail 

Chapter 2:  Chronic Disease Management Practices

  • Primary Chronic Illnesses in the Correctional Population
  • Coordination of the Chronic Care Team
  • Patient Teaching
  • Patient Self-Care
  • Custody Involvement
  • Additional Resource: Collaboration in Health Care 

Chapter 3: Specific Correctional Challenges for Chronic Care Management

  • Living Environment
  • Diet and Exercise Restrictions
  • Treatment Expense
  • Treatment/Diagnostic Follow-through
Chapter 4: Text Content

Chapter 5: References

  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Lorry Schoenly

Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN is a nurse author and educator specializing in the field of correctional health care. She provides consulting services to jails and prisons across the country on projects to improve professional nursing practice and patient safety. 

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