National Commission Assesses Management of Chronic Health Conditions Among Prisoner Populations

Improving chronic disease management in correctional institutions

Staff at the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) measured the health outcomes of patients with chronic conditions in correctional institutions in Georgia and Michigan over time.

Key Findings

  • Documenting the progress of patients with chronic diseases in correctional facilities improved health outcomes slightly, but the data were not statistically significant.
  • Correctional systems in Georgia and Michigan met or exceeded some national standards for chronic disease control, but not others.
  • Clinicians overestimated the percentage of patients with dually diagnosed diabetes and hypertension whose blood pressure was in good control.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a $241,876 grant from May 2002 through October 2004.

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