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Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2019 Jul;54(7):883-886. doi: 10.1007/s00127-019-01663-4. Epub 2019 Apr 16.

Assessing needs for psychiatric treatment in prisoners: 3. Comparison of care received by black and minority ethnic prisoners and by white prisoners.

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1
Division of Psychiatry, University College London, Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7NF, UK.
2
Division of Psychiatry, University College London, Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7NF, UK. h.killaspy@ucl.ac.uk.
3
School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King's College London, Guy's Campus, London, SE1 1UL, UK.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To investigate to what extent mental health treatment needs are met in white and black and minority ethnic (BME) prisoners.

METHODS:

Treatment needs of a random sample of male (n = 197) and female (n = 171) prisoners were assessed with standardised instruments. Interventions provided were confirmed through face-to-face interviews and case note review.

RESULTS:

BME prisoners comprised 44% of participants. Treatment for depression, personality disorder and alcohol abuse was more often needed by White than BME prisoners. Needs were more frequently met in White than BME prisoners (48.5% vs 38.2%; p < 0.05), largely due to the delivery of psychological treatments.

CONCLUSIONS:

BME prisoners had fewer of their mental health needs met.

KEYWORDS:

Ethnic differences; Mental disorder; Prisoners; Treatment needs

PMID:
30989256
DOI:
10.1007/s00127-019-01663-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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