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International Journal of Prisoner Health

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30274561/socio-demographic-characteristics-as-correlates-of-psychological-distress
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Johnson Nwabueze Okoro, Chinenye Nnenna Ezeonwuka, Justus Uchenna Onu
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to assess the level of psychological distress of offenders newly brought into prison custody in a Nigerian prison and investigate the relationship with socio-demographic and penal characteristics. Design/methodology/approach A cross-sectional study involving 236 new prison entrants who were assessed for psychological distress using the 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Findings A total of 267 prison inmates were newly brought to prison custody over a three-month period...
September 10, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30274560/prisoner-health-status-at-three-rural-haitian-prisons
#2
Katherine LaMonaca, Mayur Desai, John P May, Evan Lyon, Frederick L Altice
Purpose Little is known about the health status of prisoners in low-income countries. In Haiti, prisons typically lack adequate medical care, clean water and food, though some prisoners receive additional food from visitors. The purpose of this paper is to characterize the physical and mental health of Haitian prisoners in three select prisons and examine the effects of having visitors and length of detention on health status. The authors hypothesized that prisoners with more visitors and shorter detention times would have better overall health status...
September 10, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30274559/the-profile-of-prisoners-with-tuberculosis-in-japan
#3
Lisa Kawatsu, Kazuhiro Uchimura, Makoto Kobayashi, Nobukatsu Ishikawa
Purpose Although globally, prisoners are considered one of the vulnerable groups to tuberculosis (TB), little is known about the situation of TB in prison setting in Japan. The purpose of this paper is to examine the characteristics of TB among prisoners in Japan. Design/methodology/approach Records of TB patients from one medical prison were analyzed in terms of general demographic characteristics, clinical manifestations, risk factors and delay in diagnosis and in initiating treatment, and compared with data from the national TB surveillance and other published data on health of inmates, where appropriate...
September 10, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30274558/drug-injection-within-prison-in-kyrgyzstan-elevated-hiv-risk-and-implications-for-scaling-up-opioid-agonist-treatments
#4
Lyuba Azbel, Martin P Wegman, Maxim Polonsky, Chethan Bachireddy, Jaimie Meyer, Natalya Shumskaya, Ainura Kurmanalieva, Sergey Dvoryak, Frederick L Altice
Purpose Within-prison drug injection (WPDI) is a particularly high HIV risk behavior, yet has not been examined in Central Asia. A unique opportunity in Kyrgyzstan where both methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) and needle-syringe programs (NSP) exist allowed further inquiry into this high risk environment. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach A randomly selected, nationally representative sample of prisoners within six months of release in Kyrgyzstan completed biobehavioral surveys...
September 10, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30274557/development-of-healthcare-facility-standards-for-thai-female-inmates
#5
Nantaga Sawasdipanich, Supa Puektes, Supaporn Wannasuntad, Ankana Sriyaporn, Chulepon Chawmathagit, Jirapa Sintunava, Gamjad Paungsawad
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to develop and evaluate the Standards of Healthcare Facility for Thai Female Inmates (SHF-TFI) through healthcare service improvement. Design/methodology/approach This research and quality improvement project was comprised of three phases. Surveying healthcare facilities and in-depth interviews with female inmates as well as prison nurses were employed in Phase I. Expert reviews and public hearing meetings were used for developing the SHF-TFI in Phase II. Satisfaction questionnaires, focus group interviews of the female inmates, and in-depth interviews with nurses and prison wardens were utilized to evaluate feasibility and effectiveness of SHF-TFI implementation in Phase III...
September 10, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30274556/intellectual-disability-in-irish-prisoners-systematic-review-of-prevalence
#6
Gautam Gulati, Valerie Murphy, Ana Clarke, Kristin Delcellier, David Meagher, Harry Kennedy, Elizabeth Fistein, John Bogue, Colum P Dunne
Purpose While individuals with an intellectual disability form a significant minority in the worldwide prison population, their healthcare needs require specialist attention. In Ireland, services for prisoners with intellectual disabilities need development. However, there is little substantive data estimating the prevalence of intellectual disabilities within the Irish prison system. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach The authors systematically review published data relating to the prevalence of intellectual disabilities in prisons in the Republic of Ireland...
September 10, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29869586/overcrowding-and-its-impact-on-prison-conditions-and-health
#7
EDITORIAL
Morag MacDonald
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 11, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29869585/questionnaire-to-avoid-transfers-to-healthcare-a-brazilian-experience
#8
Carlos Willie Alvarenga, Luiz Henrique Fernandes, Antonio Pazin-Filho, Luciane Loures Dos Santos
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to test whether training correctional facility (CF) officers in the admission process would identify risk factors for inmates' unscheduled transfers to healthcare units in the first 24 hours. Design/methodology/approach Correctional officers (COs) were trained to use a questionnaire with ten closed questions, which seeks to identify occupational or nosocomial risk, applied upon the admission of inmates to a CF. Findings There were 1,288 admissions in six CFs in Ribeirão Preto and Serra Azul/Brazil from March 2010 to May 2011...
June 11, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29869584/hepatitis-c-antibody-reactivity-among-high-risk-rural-women-opportunities-for-services-and-treatment-in-the-criminal-justice-system
#9
Justin C Strickland, Michele Staton, Carl G Leukefeld, Carrie B Oser, J Matthew Webster
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the drug use and criminal justice factors related to hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody reactivity among rural women in the USA recruited from local jails. Design/methodology/approach Analyses included 277 women with a history of injection drug use from three rural jails in Kentucky. Participants completed health and drug use questionnaires and received antibody testing for HCV. Findings The majority of women tested reactive to the HCV antibody (69 percent). Reactivity was associated with risk factors, such as unsterile needle use...
June 11, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29869583/the-efficacy-of-exercise-referral-as-an-intervention-for-irish-male-prisoners-presenting-with-mental-health-symptoms
#10
Shay O'Toole, Jim Maguire, Pearse Murphy
Purpose The use of exercise as an intervention to improve health in the general population is well documented. The purpose of this paper is to explore whether an exercise referral scheme can be an effective health promotion tool for male prisoners in Ireland, presenting with mental health symptoms. Design/methodology/approach This mixed methods study with a pre- and post-intervention design was conducted in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, which has a capacity for approximately 790 prisoners. Reliable and validated symptom assessment scales were used to assess levels of depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem and anger amongst a sample of 40 prisoners pre- and post-intervention...
June 11, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29869582/creating-reinforcing-and-resisting-the-gender-binary-a-qualitative-study-of-transgender-women-s-healthcare-experiences-in-sex-segregated-jails-and-prisons
#11
Jaclyn M White Hughto, Kirsty A Clark, Frederick L Altice, Sari L Reisner, Trace S Kershaw, John E Pachankis
Purpose Incarcerated transgender women often require healthcare to meet their physical-, mental-, and gender transition-related health needs; however, their healthcare experiences in prisons and jails and interactions with correctional healthcare providers are understudied. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach In 2015, 20 transgender women who had been incarcerated in the USA within the past five years participated in semi-structured interviews about their healthcare experiences while incarcerated...
June 11, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29869581/outcomes-of-the-steps-hiv-prevention-training-program-for-young-males-in-the-penitentiary-institution-ukraine
#12
Emily Dauria, Marina Tolou-Shams, Halyna Skipalska, Mariya Bachmaha, Sara Hodgdon
Purpose Ukraine has one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics globally. Due to their engagement in high-risk behaviors, adolescents and emerging adults involved with the penitentiary system are at a particularly high risk of HIV-acquisition. To address the epidemic, young males (aged 14 to 20 years) in penitentiary institutions across Ukraine participated in a ten-week, group-based HIV-prevention intervention (STEPS). The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach The authors analyzed clinical and programmatic services data collected as part of an evaluation of the STEPS intervention...
June 11, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29869580/making-sense-of-interactions-between-mental-health-and-criminal-justice-services-the-utility-of-cultural-historical-activity-systems-theory
#13
Sarah Hean, Elisabeth Willumsen, Atle Ødegård
Purpose Effective collaboration between mental health services (MHS) and criminal justice services (CJS) impacts on mental illness and reduces reoffending rates. This paper proposes the change laboratory model (CLM) of workplace transformation as a potential tool to support interagency collaborative practice that has potential to complement current integration tools used in this context. The purpose of this paper is to focus specifically on the theoretical dimension of the model: the cultural historical activity systems theory (CHAT) as a theoretical perspective that offers a framework with which interactions between the MHS and CJS can be better understood...
June 11, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29480771/an-examination-of-consensual-sex-in-a-men-s-jail
#14
Charles Herbert Lea, Theodore K Gideonse, Nina T Harawa
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to use secondary data from qualitative interviews that examined the sexual behaviors, HIV attitudes, and condom use of 17 gay, bisexual, and transgender women housed in a protective custody unit in the Los Angeles County Jail (Harawa et al., 2010), to develop a better understanding of the consensual sexual behaviors of male prisoners. Design/methodology/approach Study eligibility included: report anal or oral sex with another male in the prior six months; speak and understand English; and incarcerated in the unit for at least two weeks...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29480770/reform-of-italian-forensic-mental-health-care-challenges-and-opportunities-following-law-81-2014
#15
Gareth Hopkin, Ester Messina, Graham Thornicroft, Mirella Ruggeri
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29480769/social-determinants-of-health-among-canadian-inmates
#16
Lynn A Stewart, Amanda Nolan, Jennie Thompson, Jenelle Power
Purpose International studies indicate that offenders have higher rates of infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and physical disorders relative to the general population. Although social determinants of health have been found to affect the mental health of a population, less information is available regarding the impact of social determinants on physical health, especially among offenders. The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between social determinants and the physical health status of federal Canadian offenders...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29480768/after-a-childhood-with-a-parent-in-prison-relationships-and-well-being-as-a-child-and-young-adult
#17
Per-Åke Nylander, Åsa Källström, Karin Hellfeldt
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore whether young adults who had a parent in prison while growing up in Sweden are disadvantaged in terms of parental support, school well-being and functioning, and socioemotional and/or behavioral problems, compared to young adults whose parents were not in prison when they were a child. Design/methodology/approach Retrospective self-report information about parental imprisonment and childhood and adulthood welfare was collected from 2,500 Swedish young adults as part of the RESUME project...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29480767/child-incarceration-and-long-term-adult-health-outcomes-a-longitudinal-study
#18
Elizabeth S Barnert, Laura S Abrams, Lello Tesema, Rebecca Dudovitz, Bergen B Nelson, Tumaini Coker, Eraka Bath, Christopher Biely, Ning Li, Paul J Chung
Purpose Although incarceration may have life-long negative health effects, little is known about associations between child incarceration and subsequent adult health outcomes. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach The authors analyzed data from 14,689 adult participants in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) to compare adult health outcomes among those first incarcerated between 7 and 13 years of age (child incarceration); first incarcerated at>or=14 years of age; and never incarcerated...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29480766/hazardous-alcohol-consumption-in-non-aboriginal-male-inmates-in-new-south-wales
#19
Courtney Field
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine correlates and predictors of hazardous drinking behaviour, that may be considered evidence of generalised strain, in a sample of incarcerated non-Aboriginal males in New South Wales, Australia. Design/methodology/approach Data were collected from 283 non-Aboriginal male inmates as part of a larger epidemiological survey of inmates in NSW undertaken in 2015 by the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network. Data relating to a range of social factors were selected with reference to relevant literature and assessed with regards their predictive value for scores from the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29480765/vitamin-d-deficiency-and-segregation-status-in-prisoners
#20
Zelda Doyle, John Walton Dearin, Joe McGirr
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate if any exposure to segregation minimal association in a single male prison population had any association with an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency. Design/methodology/approach A retrospective case study was undertaken with all inmates who had a 25-hyrdoxy-vitamin D test taken during the study period deemed eligible. Hand searching of the medical records by an independent party identified eligible participants whose data were recorded for analysis. Findings In total, 124 prisoners were deemed eligible for inclusion; 67 were vitamin D sufficient and 57 were vitamin D deficient by Australian standards...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Prisoner Health
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