The health of detainees and the role of primary care: Position paper of the European Forum for Primary Care

Groenewegen, Peter, Dirkzwager, Anja, van Dam, Anke , Massalimova, Dina, Sirdifield, Coral and Smith, Lauren (2022) The health of detainees and the role of primary care: Position paper of the European Forum for Primary Care. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 23 (e29). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1463-4236

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This position paper aims to increase awareness among primary care practitioners and policymakers about the specific and complex health needs of people who experience incarceration. We focus on the importance of primary care and of continuity of care between prison and community. We highlight what is known from the literature on the health of people who experience incarceration, on the organisation of prison health care, and on the role of primary care both during and after detention. We present three case descriptions of detainees’ encounters with the organisation of prison health care in three European countries. Finally, we describe the position that the European Forum for Primary Care takes. Prisoners and ex-prisoners have a worse physical and mental health compared with a cross-section of the population. However, access to good quality treatment and care is often worse than in the outside situation. In particular, well-organised primary care in the prison context could benefit prisoners and, indirectly, society at large. Moreover, continuity of care between the community and the prison situation needs improvement.

Keywords:continuity of care, organisation of care, prison health
Subjects:L Social studies > L431 Health Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:49311
Deposited On:16 May 2022 14:20

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