Monitoring of communicable diseases screeningand hepatitis B vaccination of prison inmates: a model from Australia
Author: Awofeso, Niyi
Source: Quality in Primary Care, Volume 11, Number 4, 1 December 2003 , pp. 325-328(4)
Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
Abstract:This paper discusses a model for optimising the screening of prison inmates, and vaccinating them against hepatitis B infection. Hepatitis B and other blood borne infections are common in prison populations worldwide because of previous or current intravenous drug use and unprotected sexual intercourse. Preliminary findings from the implementation of the model described in New South Wales prison settings highlight its significant potential for enhancing clinical accountability, as well as improving systems for vaccinating prison inmates. It is however inadequate for optimising sero-conversion, or vaccination follow-up, rates. Such aspects require concurrent adoption of complementary models.
Document Type: Miscellaneous
Affiliations: NSW Corrections Health Service, Long Bay Correctional Complex, Matraville and School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Australia
Publication date: December 1, 2003