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Reception screening and mental health needs assessment in a male remand prison

  • Noel Gavin (a1), Shaun Parsons (a2) and Don Grubin (a3)
Abstract
Aims and Method

This study was designed to clarify the nature and extent of psychiatric provision that would be needed if a new health screening protocol were to be introduced into the prison system. The reception screening questionnaires for every inmate coming into the prison over a 15-week period were reviewed using the new protocol. A further mental health assessment was undertaken on those who had screened positive.

Results

201 men (32.6%) were found to be positive for serious mental illness

Clinical Implications

Based on this analysis, large increases in psychiatric resources would not be needed if the proposed new reception health screening processes were in place, although a reorganisation of the way in which services are delivered may be required.

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Birmingham, L., Mason, D. & Grubin, D. (1997) Health screening at first reception into prison. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 81, 435439.
Brooke, D., Taylor, C., Gunn, J., et al (1996) Point prevalence of mental disorder in unconvicted male prisoners in England and Wales. British Medical Journal, 313, 15241527.
Grubin, D., Birmingham, L. & Mason, D. (1998) The Durham Remand Study. Report for HM Prison Service/Northern and Yorkshire Regional Health Authority.
Parsons, S., Walker, L. & Grubin, D. (2001) Prevalence of mental disorder in female remand prisoners. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 12, 194202.
Singleton, N., Meltzer, H. & Gatward, R. (1998) Psychiatric Morbidity Among Prisoners in England and Wales. London: Stationery Office.
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Reception screening and mental health needs assessment in a male remand prison

  • Noel Gavin (a1), Shaun Parsons (a2) and Don Grubin (a3)
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