Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Yale University School of Nursing

First Advisor

Jessica Coviello

Second Advisor

Marjorie Funk


The aging population is growing faster in the correctional system than in the overall U.S. population. Yet, an effective geriatric transitional care process is not available for older persons released from jail. This article documents the development and results of an evidence-based, adaptive transitional care tool guided by Meleis’ transitions theory to improve access to medications for older persons released from jail. Three sources of evidence were used to develop the tool: different categories of literature, expert panel determination of the tool’s domain and content relevance and importance, and a focus group interview of five people working in a transitions clinic. More research is required to validate the tool in the field.

Open Access

This Article is Open Access