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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ramaswamy, M; Diaz, F; Pankey, T; Hunt, SL; Park, A; Kelly, PJ

Published Date

  • July 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 286 - 297

PubMed ID

  • 26084950

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4489930

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1940-5200

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1078345815588663


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States