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NCJ Number: 156911 Find in a Library
Title: Adjustment Issues for Health Care Workers in Correctional Medicine
Journal: Corrective and Social Psychiatry and Journal of Behavior Technology Methods and Therapy  Volume:19  Issue:1-4  Dated:(1993)  Pages:6-10
Author(s): R R Parlour
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews some of the adjustment problems that health care workers in the field of correctional medicine may encounter, in terms of inmate characteristics, security requirements, and administrative attitudes.
Abstract: Many inmates exhibit sociopathic behavior. They may be demanding and unreasonable; exhibit extreme suspicion of all staff, including doctors and other health care workers; and demand care for health-related problems that have long been neglected. New employees will soon realize that most inmates suffer from multiple problems, including drug and alcohol abuse, illiteracy, and lack of supportive family relationships. Medical services in prison must be tailored to fit security requirements. As a result, there are limited times and places for dispensing medicine, for sick call conducted by nursing staff, and for clinics conducted by doctors and consultants. Habitual ways of practicing medicine may have to be adapted in order to operate effectively but without compromising quality of care.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Corrections management; Inmate health care; Medical and dental services
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