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Treatment of prisoners with epilepsy: guidelines issued

5 August, 2002

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) has issued clinical guidelines for the treatment of prisoners with epilepsy in US jails.

Adapted from nationally accepted clinical guidelines, they are intended to assist correctional healthcare providers in improving patient care outcomes for critical chronic diseases.

In a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Justice, NCCHC spearheaded a study that sought not only to describe the current situation but also to make policy recommendations. As part of that effort, national clinical guidelines were reviewed and it was found that none addressed the unique challenges of providing care in correctional settings.

Clinical guidelines have also been issued for prisoners with asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and HIV.

The NCCHC is an independent organisation is committed to improving the quality of healthcare in US jails, prisons, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. Around 2 million people are currently in detention in the United States and around 12 per cent of prison expenditure being on healthcare.