A longitudinal study of health outcomes for people released from prison in Fiji: the HIP-Fiji project

Kinner, Stuart A., Winter, Rebecca and Saxton, Kate (2015) A longitudinal study of health outcomes for people released from prison in Fiji: the HIP-Fiji project. Australasian Psychiatry, 23 6 Suppl: 17-21. doi:10.1177/1039856215608289


Author Kinner, Stuart A.
Winter, Rebecca
Saxton, Kate
Title A longitudinal study of health outcomes for people released from prison in Fiji: the HIP-Fiji project
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
1440-1665
Publication date 2015-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1039856215608289
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 23
Issue 6 Suppl
Start page 17
End page 21
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To examine the health of prisoners and ex-prisoners in Fiji, including risk behaviours, service access and HIV status.

Methods: Longitudinal study of 198 men and women recruited prior to release from prison in Fiji, interviewed in the weeks preceding release, and again 1 and 4 months post-release. Dried blood spot samples taken at baseline were tested for HIV.

Results: Eighty percent of participants completed at least one follow-up interview. The prevalence of HIV was low (1%), despite evidence of widespread STI and BBV risk behaviours. A history of risky substance use was normative and more than a third reported high psychological distress prior to release. Fewer than one in four reported accessing health care within a month of release from prison.

Conclusions: The health needs of this population are significant but differ in important ways from those of incarcerated populations in other countries. Further research is needed to inform evidence-based care for prisoners and ex-prisoners in Pacific Island nations.
Keyword Prisoners
Health services
HIV
Pacific islands
Longitudinal studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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