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NCJ Number: 64682 Find in a Library
Title: STANDARDS FOR HEALTH SERVICES IN PRISONS
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: American Medical Assoc
Program to Improve Medical Care and Health Services in Correctional Institutions
United States
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 47
Sponsoring Agency: American Medical Assoc
Chicago, IL 60610
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 77-ED-99-0026
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE 69 AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION STANDARDS FOR PRISONS, 23 OF WHICH ARE CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL, REFLECT THE ORGANIZATION'S VIEWPOINT REGARDING SERVICES AND MEDICAL CARE AS INSISTED UPON BY COURTS.
Abstract: THE HEALTH SERVICE PROGRAM MUST FUNCTION AS PART OF THE OVERALL INSTITUTIONAL PROGRAM. CLOSE COOPERATION IS REQUIRED AMONG THE MEDICAL STAFF, OTHER PROFESSIONAL STAFF, CORRECTIONAL PERSONNEL, AND FACILITY ADMINISTRATION. THE 23 ESSENTIAL STANDARDS ARE RECOGNIZED BY ORGANIZED MEDICINE AS CRITICAL FOR A VIABLE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM, WHILE THE REMAINING 46 STANDARDS ARE CONSIDERED IMPORTANT TO COMPLETE A PRISON HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM. THE STANDARDS ARE ARRANGED NUMERICALLY WITHIN SPECIFIC TOPIC AREAS, ADMINISTRATIVE, PERSONNEL, CARE AND TREATMENT, ETC. DISCUSSION FOLLOWING EACH STANDARD ELABORATES ON THE CONCEPTUAL BASIS OF THE STANDARD AND, IN SOME INSTANCES, IDENTIFIES ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO COMPLIANCE. IN ADDITION, DEFINITIONS OF KEY TERMS ARE PRESENTED. SIX TOPIC AREAS CLASSIFY THE STANDARDS. THE ADMINISTRATIVE SECTION ADDRESSES VARIOUS ASPECTS OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM MANAGEMENT, INCLUDING PROCESSES AND RESOURCES, AND OUTLINES THE METHOD OF FORMALIZING THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THE PERSONNEL SECTION INCLUDES STANDARDS PERTAINING TO STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING, WORK APPRAISAL, AND STAFF SUPERVISION. THE THIRD SECTION COVERS VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE CARE AND TREATMENT OF PATIENTS AND TOUCHES ON TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY, ACCESS TO SERVICES, PRACTICES, AND PROCEDURES. THE PHARMACEUTICAL STANDARD, EXISTING AS A SEPARATE SECTION, ADDRESSES THE MANAGEMENT OF PHARMACEUTICALS IN LINE WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS AND/OR REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDICATIONS CONTROL. PRESCRIBING PRACTICES, STOP ORDERS, AND REEVALUATIONS CONCERNING PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS ARE ALSO INCLUDED. CONFIDENTIALITY, FORM AND FORMAT, AND TRANSFER OF HEALTH CARE RECORDS ARE COVERED IN THE NEXT SECTION. FINALLY, MEDICAL-LEGAL ISSUES ARE ADDRESSED SUCH AS INMATES' RIGHT TO INFORMED CONSENT AND RIGHT TO REFUSE TREATMENT. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (adult); Correctional institutions (juvenile); Inmate Programs; Medical and dental services; Right to treatment; Standards; State correctional facilities
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