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Perrett, S and Plugge, E and Conaglen, P and O'Moore, E and Sturup-Toft, S (2020) The Five Nations model for prison health surveillance: lessons from practice across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Journal of Public Health, 42, (4), e561-e572. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdz122.

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BACKGROUND
Prison populations experience an increased burden of physical, mental and social health needs compared to the community, further impacted by the prison environment. Surveillance systems to monitor health and well-being trends in prisons are lacking, presenting a challenge to services planners, and policy makers who often lack evidence to inform decisions.

METHOD
The Five Nations Health and Justice Collaboration, a body of experts on prison health across the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI), met to share and discuss challenges and opportunities to developing robust prison health surveillance systems that could inform local provision, guide national policy and enable cross-border comparisons.

RESULTS
Challenges to robust prison health surveillance systems were shared across the UK and ROI. Methods of surveillance differed across nations and included performance indicators and outcome measures as part of local or national programs. All nations had strong public health infectious disease notification systems.

CONCLUSIONS
The Five Nations Health and Justice Collaboration is proposing a new model for prison health surveillance, based on established guidelines for public health surveillance but with additional features that recognize the uniqueness of the prison environment and need for a whole prison approach, built on collaboration and sharing of data between health and justice sectors.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, International, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco), Opioid
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Date
2020
Identification #
https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdz122
Page Range
e561-e572
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Volume
42
Number
4
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