Improving Inmate Health Leads to Better Public Health

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Posted Mar 5, 2015

A new review study concludes that offering treatment to prisoners or linking them to community-based physicians and psychiatrists after release leads to less substance abuse, mental health problems, chronic diseases and health service utilization, as well as a reduced spread of infectious diseases. Titled "A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials of Interventions to Improve the Health of Persons During Imprisonment and in the Year After Release," the study was published in the Feb. 25 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. A summary of the study's significance was release by St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, where the lead author, Fiona Kouyoumdjian, MD, is a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Research on Inner City Health.