Primary Care Program in Prison


Nurses take on the role of primary caregiver in the prison setting, as they are usually the first to approach the prisoner, and they govern access to all aspects of the health care system. The aim of this review was to assess the effects of the use of the primary care model in a correctional setting. Major literature databases relevant to the specified areas were searched for studies published from 2004 to 2013. Three studies reported some implications for prisoners, nursing practice, and the correctional facility, as generated by using the primary care model in the prison setting. The primary care model can improve relevant outcomes for health management in the prison setting.


community health systems; correctional nursing; primary care; prison nursing.


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