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Hickey, Kari

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Nursing and Health Studies


An estimated forty percent of jail inmates suffer from chronic health problems. It is important to know what kinds of issues the corrections population faces most commonly. My project looks at the perceptions of nurses who work at a county jail in rural Indiana to see what they view as the most common inmate health problems. It also looks at literature relating to the topic, and compares the results of the two sources of information. I used a seven-question qualitative survey to ask the nurses about what they viewed as the most common problems they saw. I found that both sources mentioned chronic illness and substance use as important issues, but only the literature mentioned serious mental illness and sexually transmitted infections, while only the survey mentioned seizures, insomnia, headaches, toothaches, and urinary tract infections.


14 pages




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