Former inmates more likely to be hospitalized after prison release

Former inmates are hospitalized for an acute condition at rates much higher than the general population, according to a new study conducted by Yale School of Medicine researchers and published this week in JAMA: Internal Medicine. Researchers analyzed data of 110, 419 fee-for-service beneficiaries who were released from a correctional facility from 2002 through 2010. The results indicate about one in 70 former inmates are hospitalized for an acute condition within seven days of release, and one in 12 by 90 days, a rate much higher than in the general population. Abstract

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