Barriers between offenders and primary health care after release from prison: A case study

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Post-release prisoners in the United Kingdom experience health inequalities, poor continuity of care during the transition from prison to the community, and high morbidity and mortality rates. Primary health care is a necessary support for post-release prisoners, yet they face barriers when trying to access statutory services. This case study presents a post-release prisoner’s experience of accessing primary health care services. The main issues that affected continuity of care included a short supply of medication on release from prison, long waiting times for appointments, and poor relationships between criminal justice agencies and local primary care practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-389
JournalPractice Nursing
Issue number9
Early online date04 Sep 2017
Publication statusEarly online date - 04 Sep 2017



  • Post-release prisoners
  • primary health care
  • prison
  • prisoners
  • criminal justice
  • Offenders

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