Health status and health services use of female and male prisoners in provincial jail

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In this new research report from the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, authors Jennifer R. Bernier and Kristin MacLellan discuss their work comparing the health status and health service utilization of women and men incarcerated in a provincial jail in Atlantic Canada. They found that prisoners experienced a number of physical and mental health issues and a large proportion used health services and that the quality and accessibility of health services played a significant role in how participants viewed health care in jail. They also found that sex and gender influence the health status and use of health services among provincial prisoners. Females report more heath issues and poorer overall health, as well as more difficulties accessing health services during incarceration than male prisoners.

In addition, the researchers learned that race also plays a role in health status and health service utilization. Aboriginal prisoners rated their overall physical and mental health poorer than non-Aboriginals. They also report a greater need for health services, but use them less than non-Aboriginal prisoners.

Read Health Status and Health Services Use of Female and Male Prisoners in Provincial Jail.