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Med Sci Law. 1994 Oct;34(4):324-30.

Recorded psychiatric morbidity in a large prison for male remanded and sentenced prisoners.

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St James's University Hospital, Leeds.

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to establish the proportion of remanded and convicted prisoners who were known from their records to have a psychiatric history. The inmate medical records of 834 out of 864 inmates resident on one day at HM Prison, Leeds, were studied. There was a recorded history of 23 per cent having seen a psychiatrist, 15 per cent having taken drugs and 16 per cent having a history of depression or self-harm. Out of 43 inmates interviewed, 18 admitted to failing to report such a history upon reception. There were eight former long-stay psychiatric patients, but only two of these had been in a hospital other than a special hospital or Regional Secure Unit. Out of the 36 residents of the hospital wing, 33 had psychiatric disorders and 10 were awaiting transfer to NHS or private psychiatric services. Various recommendations are made which may lead to an improvement in the medical reception procedure, more informed screening for suicide risk and mental disorder, greater understanding of the psychiatric histories of patients, an audit of prison health care and more effective planning of aftercare.

PMID:
7830517
DOI:
10.1177/002580249403400410
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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