Health risks of practicing correctional medicine

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Correctional staff suffer high rates of posttraumatic stress disorder compared to military veterans, and the suicide rate among correctional officers is twice as high as that of both police officers and the general population and higher than that of all other professions combined. Correctional facilities’ physician employees are at risk of not only burnout but also other adverse mental health effects related to working in a correctional facility. Prison reform efforts should address the needs of both inmates and clinical staff.




Hart, D. (2019). Health risks of practicing correctional medicine. AMA Journal of Ethics, 21(6), E540–E545.

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