FEW OUTCOME data exist to help judge the efficacy of health and behavioral intervention programs in correctional institutions because there are even fewer follow-up studies, says Thomas Conklin, MD, director of health services for the Hampden County Correctional Center, Ludlow, Mass. Conklin says such studies are not likely to be done unless inmates are provided with continuity of health care when they are released back into the community.
"We are finally beginning to gather some meaningful data from such programs," he said. Conklin's center has 1 of the 2 state-of-the-art community and correctional health collaboration programs reported at the National Conference on Correctional Health Care in San Antonio, Tex. The other program is providing comprehensive care for HIV-infected women inmates at Rhode Island's Adult Correctional Institute in Cranston.
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