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J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Aug;24(3):1226-34. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0142.

The triple aims of correctional health: patient safety, population health, and human rights.

Abstract

Correctional health systems represent some of the largest health systems in the United States, caring for patients with high rates of morbidity and mortality. The poorly understood realm of correctional health care represents a missed opportunity to integrate care for these patients with care provided by community health providers. Three aims are integral to effective correctional health: patient safety, population health, and human rights. Patient safety and population health are well-defined aims in community health care systems and emerging in correctional settings. Dual loyalty and other unique challenges in correctional settings make the human rights aim absolutely essential for promoting correctional health.

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