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Women behind bars: health needs of inmates in a county jail.
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PMID:  12034907     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: This study was performed to assess the prevalence of behavioral risk factors and correlates of poor self-reported health among incarcerated women in a county jail in Oregon. METHODS: The authors collected self-reported data from recently incarcerated women at a county jail, focusing on prevalence of high-risk health behaviors, history of health care use, history of physical and sexual abuse, and health care coverage. The authors assessed factors associated with poor self-reported health using logistic regression techniques. RESULTS: More than half of the participants reported a history of intravenous drug use, 67% reported a history of sexual abuse, 79% reported a history of physical abuse, and 43% stated that they had a history of trading sex for money or drugs. Two factors were associated with poor self-reported health: history of physical assault (odds ratio [OR] = 2.7; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.4, 5.2) and use of heroin during the month prior to arrest (OR = 2.9; 95% CI 1.3, 6.6). CONCLUSIONS: The high prevalence of health risk behaviors among the inmates suggests a number of areas for intervention. These findings may also be used to guide topics addressed during intake interviews of new inmates, and to help identify inmates that require additional medical or social services.
A Fickenscher; J Lapidus; P Silk-Walker; T Becker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)     Volume:  116     ISSN:  0033-3549     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Rep     Publication Date:    2001 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-05-29     Completed Date:  2002-10-01     Revised Date:  2008-11-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9716844     Medline TA:  Public Health Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  191-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
American Indian and Alaska Native Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR 97201, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Domestic Violence / statistics & numerical data
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Oregon / epidemiology
Prisoners / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Prostitution / statistics & numerical data
Self Concept
Sex Offenses / statistics & numerical data
Socioeconomic Factors
Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology
Women's Health*

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