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NCJ Number: 41491 Find in a Library
Title: HEALTH STATUS OF THE NEW YORK CITY PRISON POPULATION
Journal: MEDICAL CARE  Volume:15  Issue:3  Dated:(MARCH 1977)  Pages:205-216
Author(s): L F NOVICK; R D PENNA; M S SCHWARTZ; E REMMLINGER; R LOEWENSTEIN
Corporate Author: J B Lippincott
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: J B Lippincott
Philadelphia, PA 19105
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE STUDY DESCRIBED IN THIS PAPER WAS MADE OF 1,420 NEWLY ADMITTED INMATES TO THE NEW YORK CITY CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES DURING A TWO-WEEK PERIOD IN 1975 TO DETERMINE THE PREVALENCE OF CURRENT AND PAST HEALTH CONDITIONS.
Abstract: INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED FROM STANDARD ADMISSION HEALTH EXAMINATIONS. FORTY-ONE PERCENT REPORTED A HISTORY OF ILLICIT DRUG USE. MORE THAN ONE-QUARTER OF THE PRISONERS REPORTED A PRESENT ILLNESS, AND THREE-FIFTHS RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE DIAGNOSIS FOR ILLNESS. COMMONLY DIAGNOSED CONDITIONS INCLUDED DRUG ABUSE, PSYCHIATRIC DISORDER, TRAUMA, AND ALCOHOL ABUSE. SEVEN PERCENT OF MALE PRISONERS HAD A PREVIOUS PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALIZATION. ON EXAMINATION, NEW TRAUMA WAS NOTED IN 10 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION STUDIED. THE AUTHORS CONCLUDED THAT BECAUSE A HIGH FREQUENCY OF MEDICAL COMPLAINTS EXISTS AMONG PRISONERS, PRISONS MUST BE PREPARED TO MANAGE THE MOST PRESSING PROBLEMS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS WITH AN EFFECTIVE SYSTEM OF MEDICAL SERVICE DELIVERY. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED) ...KAP
Index Term(s): Inmates; Medical and dental services; Psychiatric services
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