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Knowledge and understanding of the autism spectrum amongst prison staff

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Paula McAdam is a Registered General Nurse who works in the primary health care unit of one of the largest prisons in England. She is part of a team responsible for taking care of the health needs of the inmates. This study was prompted when she found five prisoners with an autism spectrum diagnosis within a six-month period, four having Asperger syndrome and one with autism. Two appeared to require little in the way of support, but three really struggled to cope with daily life in the prison. It is likely that there were several others in the prison who were not diagnosed or who did not disclose their diagnosis. Paula therefore set out to explore the knowledge and understanding that prison staff had about the autism spectrum.
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Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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