Meeting complex health needs in prisons

Public Health. 2009 Jun;123(6):415-8. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2009.04.006. Epub 2009 May 30.


The vast majority of prisoners have several health needs which combine at different levels of severity. This complexity of needs often amalgamates to include mental and physical illnesses, homelessness, unemployment, and drug and alcohol addictions. 'Complexity' can serve as an umbrella term for a number of health and social justice agendas, including public health, primary and secondary care, and social care, and must be fully understood to meet the 'complex needs imperative' that exists in all prisons.

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Dual (Psychiatry)
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Prisoners / psychology*
  • Public Health
  • Social Justice*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy*
  • Virus Diseases / epidemiology
  • Virus Diseases / therapy