Identification of Health Disorders a Prison Population

  • Daniel Cândido de Lima
  • Ana Eloísa Cruz de Oliveira
  • Ericka Silva Holmes Federal University of Paraíba - Brazil.
  • Bento Forte de Oliveira Neto
  • Priscilla Evelly Moreira Brito
  • Lívia Menezes Borralho
  • Bueno Callou Bernardo de Oliveira
  • Tattiana Dias de Carvalho
  • Ana Rita Bizerra do Nascimento Ribeiro
  • Rafaela Jeane Pereira Cunha
  • João Agnaldo do Nascimento


Objectives: to identify the main health problems of the prison population, describe the sociodemographic and health of convicts profile; point the main complaints and more frequent pathologies. Method: exploratory, descriptive, quantitative and qualitative, held in a maximum security prison. The study sample was composed of 63 convicts, which answer a semi-structured form. For the analysis, there was the simple descriptive statistics and discourse analysis of the collective subject. Results: the prison population is young, with low educational level and family income, present as the main pathologies skin disorders, respiratory disorders, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases. Final considerations are numerous health problems presented by the detainees, as well as their complaints ranging from lack of medical care and other health professionals, to the unsanitary conditions in which live, and picture of state failure and the competent bodies.

Nov 13, 2016
How to Cite
LIMA, Daniel Cândido de et al. Identification of Health Disorders a Prison Population. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, nov. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 sep. 2021. doi:
Global Health & Health Policy


Health - prison system; Prison population; Health profile; Public health.

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