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Prisoner perspectives on managing long term conditions: A qualitative study

Claire Gately (National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, 5th Floor, Williamson Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester)
Andrew Bowen (National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, 5th Floor, Williamson Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester)
Anne Kennedy (National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, 5th Floor, Williamson Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester)
Wendy MacDonald (National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, 5th Floor, Williamson Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester)
Anne Rogers (National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, 5th Floor, Williamson Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester)

International Journal of Prisoner Health

ISSN: 1744-9200

Article publication date: 1 February 2006

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Abstract

This paper explores the perceptions of prisoners to the barriers and opportunities for managing long term conditions in a prison setting. A qualitative study using semi‐structured interviews was conducted with prisoners from two local prisons in England. All the prisoners involved in the study had a long term condition and were attending an Expert Patients Programme (EPP) course, a lay‐led self care programme. A number of themes emerge from the data in relation to the impact prison has had on lifestyle and control of long term conditions. The structured prison regime allowed some to regain control over previously chaotic lifestyles but the lack of access to a healthy diet and exercise facilities as well as lack of opportunities to practice new health behaviours learnt whilst in prison, prevented a healthier lifestyle being adopted. Another main theme was in relation to the ability of prisoners to negotiate access to health care services and professionals. The study found a number of pre‐existing factors which would need to be addressed if prisoners were to become fully engaged in future health initiatives, such as EPP.

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Gately, C., Bowen, A., Kennedy, A., MacDonald, W. and Rogers, A. (2006), "Prisoner perspectives on managing long term conditions: A qualitative study", International Journal of Prisoner Health, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 91-99. https://doi.org/10.1080/17449200600935687

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