Research Article

Health of prisoners admitted to and discharged from Bedford Prison.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 289 doi: (Published 13 October 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;289:965
  1. E Martin,
  2. M Colebrook,
  3. A Gray


    The age, smoking and drinking habits, active health problems, and occupational fitness of prisoners entering Bedford prison, and the health and willingness of prisoners being discharged from prison to take a letter to their general practitioner were surveyed. This group of men had a high level of illness, neglected their health, and had a high alcohol intake. Fewer problems were found than in a survey in New York City. Many prisoners with active medical problems on discharge from prison were unwilling to take a letter to their own general practitioner.