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NCJ Number: 149609 Find in a Library
Title: Selected Predictors of Health Service Needs of Inmates Over Age 50
Author(s): R G Falter
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 138
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Publication Number: AAD94-18762
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study correlated the characteristics of 1,051 Federal Bureau of Prison (BOP) inmates over 50 years of age with the number of medical encounters for selected morbidities to determine their health utilization over a 6- month period.
Abstract: Total medical encounters represented the dependent variable; independent variables included age, sex, race, and length of sentence, as well as number of medical encounters for noninsulin dependent diabetes, insulin dependent diabetes, arteriosclerotic heart disease, hypertension, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Multiple regression analysis techniques were used for a predominantly white (78.7 percent) and male (93 percent) inmate population whose mean age was 57.12 years. These inmates showed increased health care utilization due to the following variables, in order of importance: hypertension, arteriosclerotic heart disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, length of sentence, and age. Hypertension accounted for 19.2 percent of total medical encounters. Sex and race were not significant predictors of health care utilization. There was a negative relationship between length of sentence and total medical encounters but a positive relationship between age and total medical encounters. Age and health appeared to be more closely related to white elderly than to black elderly inmates. Appendixes contain the BOP Outpatient Morbidity Classification Encounter Form and Person's product-moment correlation data. 167 references and 15 tables
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Diseases; Elderly offenders; Federal prisoners; Inmate characteristics; Inmate health care; Offender physical characteristics
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