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released: 10 Jun 2016 author: AIHW media release

This bulletin compares medications taken by prisoners with people in the general community. The poor health and complex health needs of prisoners are reflected in the number and types of medications they take. Prisoners were more likely than those in the general community to be taking medication for health problems including mental health issues, addictions and chronic conditions. Contextual information from a focus group of prison health professionals is used to discuss some of the differences between prescribing in a prison and in the general community.

ISSN 2205-5010 (PDF) 1446-9820 (Print); ISBN 978-1-74249-937-6; Cat. no. AUS 202; 20pp.; $13

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Publication table of contents

  • Summary
  • 1 Introduction
    • 1.1 The prisoner population
    • 1.2 The prison environment
    • 1.3 Previous studies into prisoner medication use
  • 2 Methods
    • 2.1 Data comparison
    • 2.2 Focus group consultations
  • 3 Medication use among prisoners and the general population
    • 3.1 Proportion of the populations using medications
    • 3.2 Types of medication taken
  • 4 Why medication use in prisoners differs from use in the general community
    • 4.1 Reasons relating to the prisoner population
    • 4.2 Reasons relating to the prison environment
    • 4.3 The use of specific medications
    • 4.4 Principle of equivalence of care
  • 5 Discussion/conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Glossary of medication categories
  • References
  • Related publications
  • Verso details

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Medication use by Australia's prisoners 2015: how is it different from the general community?. AIHW bulletin no. 135. Cat. no. AUS 202. Canberra: AIHW.

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