Correctional health care: implications for public health policy

J Natl Med Assoc. 2002 May;94(5):294-8.


"Correctional Health Care: Implications for Public Health Policy" is the first in a series of articles that examines the special health care needs of persons who are incarcerated in America's correctional facilities. The intent of the series is to gain a better understanding about the unmet health needs of incarcerated persons, the importance of addressing the health service delivery system in correctional facilities, and the implications that may arise from neglecting to address these health issues on health outcomes for individual detainees and society at-large when detainees transition back into the community. This article provides a descriptive overview of the corrections population, their sociodemographics, health care needs, and health concerns that are in need of improvement. This article also offers recommendations for public policy consideration to improve the overall health of inmates and society at large.

MeSH terms

  • Health Policy / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Accessibility / standards
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening
  • Needs Assessment
  • Prisoners / statistics & numerical data
  • Prisons*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • United States