End of Life Care—refers to the “reliable, skillful, and supportive care” of “people with advanced, potentially fatal illnesses; and those close to them.” (Institute of Medicine, 1997)

Palliative Care—active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. The goal of palliative care is to achieve the best quality of life for terminally ill patients. (World Health Organization)

Hospice—is a holistic approach to treatment of terminally ill persons. “Hospice”, refers to a specific, programmatic model for delivering palliative care. (Byock, 1998)

Prison Hospice—is an approach of treating terminally ill inmates that seeks to implement the principles of palliative care in a variety of settings under correctional management (National Prison Hospice Association)