AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. September 2017

This month in Journal of Ethics

Incarceration and Correctional Health Care

The United States incarcerates a greater share of its population than any nation on earth, including disproportionate numbers of people from racial minority communities. Clinicians in correctional settings are uniquely challenged when trying to offer good care while respecting patients’ autonomy, and patients who experience incarceration have poorer health outcomes and shorter life expectancy. This issue explores the impact of incarceration on the health system, professionals, and patients.