Enhancing Care of the Aged and Dying in Prisons

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R42AG049570-02
Agency Tracking Number: R42AG049570
Amount: $1,465,293.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIA
Solicitation Number: PA15-270
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-30
Small Business Information
1667 COLE BLVD STE 225, Golden, CO, 80401-3313
DUNS: 117936042
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 SUSAN LOEB
 (814) 863-2236
 svl100@psu.edu
Business Contact
 MARY BULLER
Phone: (303) 565-4321
Email: mbuller@kleinbuendel.com
Research Institution
 PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
 201 OLD MAIN
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA, 16802-1503
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world There are over state and federal prisons housing over million prisoners in the United States The demographics of the prison population are shifting Longer sentences and constrained options for early release compound this trend The older adult segment of prison populations has more than tripled since The health status of aging inmates does not mirror the free world population In fact prisoners typically present with health issues common to free citizens who are years their senior Prisoners are wards of that state that is the system is responsible for providing for not only custody and control of offenders but also their care Collectively these trends have had a profound impact on prison systems U S prisons are facing sharply increased demands in caring for aged and dying inmates In response to this need Phase I project Enhancing Care for the Aged and Dying in Prisons ECAD P demonstrated that there is a need and interest for products such as ECAD P i e corrections administrators and staff are interested in EOL care training trainings should be short intensive engaging interactive and contextually sensitive to the specific environment and an interactive media rich prototype with high acceptability and usability could be developed The specification document and commercialization plan indicate it is possible to develop a full scale ECAD P learning system in Phase II and market potential exists The technological innovation proposed for the ECAD P project is well suited to the targeted market Technical merit feasibility and market potential of the ECAD P Learning System were demonstrated in the Phase I project The purpose of this Phase II application is to continue research and development of the ECAD P learning system with an emphasis on developing a scalable unit for commercialization and testing scale up in a larger number of more diverse contexts More specifically the aims of ECAD P Phase II are to Develop a full scale media rich interactive computer based learning system consisting of modules addressing EOL and geriatric care issues in prisons Conduct in person usability testing of the full scale ECAD P Learning System in state and federal prisons to evaluate the user interface ease of use and perceived barriers in order to optimize the scalable unit for broader dissemination and Test scale up of the full scale ECAD P Learning System in federal n and state n prisons across the nation to evaluate outcomes usage patterns and commercialization opportunities Continued research and development will permit the refinement the scalable unit for commercialization Expanded testing of the learning system will establish the effectiveness of the learning system and will provide critical insights relevant to dissemination of the commercial product The mission of corrections is to provide custody control and care for incarcerated individuals United States prisons are required by constitutional law to provide adequate care for growing numbers of older inmates who will likely spend their final days in prison This Phase II project focuses on the correct users accessing correct learning strategies in the correct setting i e interdisciplinary prison staff accessing high quality products designed to educate and lead practice change initiatives within the walls of prisons by continuing research and development of a learning system that promotes an integrated systems approach to enhancing the care of the aged and dying in prisons

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