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Health problems among detainees in Switzerland: a study using the ICPC-2 classification.

Wolff H, Sebo P, Haller DM, Eytan A, Niveau G, Bertrand D, Gétaz L, Cerutti B - BMC Public Health (2011)

Bottom Line: Mean length of stay was 80 days (SD 160).Other health problems more commonly seen in general practice are also frequent.These findings support the further development of coordinated primary care and mental health services within detention centers.

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Affiliation: Department of Community Medicine and Primary Care, Geneva University Hospitals and University of Geneva, Switzerland. Hans.Wolff@hcuge.ch

ABSTRACT

Background: Little is known about the health status of prisoners in Switzerland. The aim of this study was to provide a detailed description of the health problems presented by detainees in Switzerland's largest remand prison.

Methods: In this retrospective cross-sectional study we reviewed the health records of all detainees leaving Switzerland's largest remand prison in 2007. The health problems were coded using the International Classification for Primary Care (ICPC-2). Analyses were descriptive, stratified by gender.

Results: A total of 2195 health records were reviewed. Mean age was 29.5 years (SD 9.5); 95% were male; 87.8% were migrants. Mean length of stay was 80 days (SD 160). Illicit drug use (40.2%) and mental health problems (32.6%) were frequent, but most of these detainees (57.6%) had more generic primary care problems, such as skin (27.0%), infectious diseases (23.5%), musculoskeletal (19.2%), injury related (18.3%), digestive (15.0%) or respiratory problems (14.0%). Furthermore, 7.9% reported exposure to violence during arrest by the police.

Conclusion: Morbidity is high in this young, predominantly male population of detainees, in particular in relation to substance abuse. Other health problems more commonly seen in general practice are also frequent. These findings support the further development of coordinated primary care and mental health services within detention centers.

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Health problems coded as injuries (18.3%; 95%CI 16.7-19.9)
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Figure 7: Health problems coded as injuries (18.3%; 95%CI 16.7-19.9)

Mentions: Injuries occurred in 18.3% of detainees and were more than twice as frequent in men (18.8%) compared to women (8.3%) (figure 7). Nearly one in ten detainees alleged being a victim of violence during arrest; 90% of these blaming the police. No significant gender differences were found but alleged exposure to violence by the authorities was more frequently declared by younger inmates (≤28 years) compared to older detainees (>28 years) (9.4% vs 6.1%, p = 0.0037).


Health problems among detainees in Switzerland: a study using the ICPC-2 classification.

Wolff H, Sebo P, Haller DM, Eytan A, Niveau G, Bertrand D, Gétaz L, Cerutti B - BMC Public Health (2011)

Health problems coded as injuries (18.3%; 95%CI 16.7-19.9)
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 7: Health problems coded as injuries (18.3%; 95%CI 16.7-19.9)
Mentions: Injuries occurred in 18.3% of detainees and were more than twice as frequent in men (18.8%) compared to women (8.3%) (figure 7). Nearly one in ten detainees alleged being a victim of violence during arrest; 90% of these blaming the police. No significant gender differences were found but alleged exposure to violence by the authorities was more frequently declared by younger inmates (≤28 years) compared to older detainees (>28 years) (9.4% vs 6.1%, p = 0.0037).

Bottom Line: Mean length of stay was 80 days (SD 160).Other health problems more commonly seen in general practice are also frequent.These findings support the further development of coordinated primary care and mental health services within detention centers.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Community Medicine and Primary Care, Geneva University Hospitals and University of Geneva, Switzerland. Hans.Wolff@hcuge.ch

ABSTRACT

Background: Little is known about the health status of prisoners in Switzerland. The aim of this study was to provide a detailed description of the health problems presented by detainees in Switzerland's largest remand prison.

Methods: In this retrospective cross-sectional study we reviewed the health records of all detainees leaving Switzerland's largest remand prison in 2007. The health problems were coded using the International Classification for Primary Care (ICPC-2). Analyses were descriptive, stratified by gender.

Results: A total of 2195 health records were reviewed. Mean age was 29.5 years (SD 9.5); 95% were male; 87.8% were migrants. Mean length of stay was 80 days (SD 160). Illicit drug use (40.2%) and mental health problems (32.6%) were frequent, but most of these detainees (57.6%) had more generic primary care problems, such as skin (27.0%), infectious diseases (23.5%), musculoskeletal (19.2%), injury related (18.3%), digestive (15.0%) or respiratory problems (14.0%). Furthermore, 7.9% reported exposure to violence during arrest by the police.

Conclusion: Morbidity is high in this young, predominantly male population of detainees, in particular in relation to substance abuse. Other health problems more commonly seen in general practice are also frequent. These findings support the further development of coordinated primary care and mental health services within detention centers.

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Related in: MedlinePlus