Correlates of Preincarceration Health Care Use Among Women and Men in Jail.

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Although women and men in jails bear a burden of health problems, little is known about factors associated with their health care use. We conducted a cross-sectional survey of preincarceration health care use with 596 jail inmates. Descriptive statistics and correlates of participants' health care use were assessed. A year before incarceration, 54% of participants used an emergency room, 24% were hospitalized, and 39% used primary care. Correlates of health care use included gender, health insurance status, and drug dependence. For participants without mental health problems, use was associated with living in neighborhoods where a higher percentage of residents did not complete high school. Findings suggest individual and community factors that can be targeted by reentry programs to improve health care use after jail.





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Ramaswamy, Megha, Francisco Diaz, Tyson Pankey, Suzanne L Hunt, Andrew Park and Patricia J Kelly (2015). Correlates of Preincarceration Health Care Use Among Women and Men in Jail. Journal of correctional health care : the official journal of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, 21(3). pp. 286–297. 10.1177/1078345815588663 Retrieved from

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Tyson L Pankey

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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