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NCJ Number: 156288 Find in a Library
Title: National Commission on Correctional Health Care Position Statement: Women's Health Care in Correctional Settings
Journal: Journal of Correctional Health Care  Volume:2  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1995)  Pages:97-104
Corporate Author: National Commisson on Correctional Health Care
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Commisson on Correctional Health Care
Chicago, IL 60614
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This position statement includes recommendations for the provision of health care services to female inmates.
Abstract: All correctional institutions should be required to meet recognized community standards for female health services as promoted by standards set by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Correctional health services and women's advocacy groups should collaborate to provide leadership for the development of policies and procedures that address women's special health-care needs in corrections. Correctional institutions should provide intake procedures that include histories on menstrual cycle, pregnancies, gynecological problems, and nutritional intake. Correctional institutions should provide intake examinations that include a breast exam and -- depending on the patient's age, sexual history, and past medical history -- a pelvic exam, Pap smear, and baseline mammogram. Further, correctional institutions should provide laboratory tests to detect sexually transmitted diseases. Additionally, females should receive a pregnancy test on admission to correctional facilities. Finally, comprehensive services for women's unique health problems should be provided in prisons, jails, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. 9 references
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Female inmates; Inmate health care; Medical and dental services
Note: Adopted by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care's Board of Directors September 25, 1994.
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