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WEPHREN: a global prison health research network

Emma Plugge (Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)
Sunita Stürup-Toft (WHO UK Collaborating Centre for Health in Prisons, Reading, UK)
Éamonn J. O’Moore (Health and Justice Team, Public Health England, Reading, UK)
Lars Møller (WHO Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark)

International Journal of Prisoner Health

ISSN: 1744-9200

Article publication date: 12 June 2017




The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of the WorldwidE Prison Health Research & Engagement Network (WEPHREN) which aims to improve the evidence base for health and health service delivery within prison settings and so improve the health and wellbeing of people in prison, reduce health inequalities and influence prison health policy.


A viewpoint piece that highlights the need for higher quality health research in the field of prison health globally and the potential for WEPHREN to help support this.


This paper presents an overview of the poor health of many people in prison and the inequalities between countries in terms of research output relating to the health of people in prison. It argues for all those interested in prison health to work together to produce more practitioner and policy relevant health research.


This editorial highlights a unique global network for prison health.


Plugge, E., Stürup-Toft, S., O’Moore, É.J. and Møller, L. (2017), "WEPHREN: a global prison health research network", International Journal of Prisoner Health, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 65-67.



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