Female Inmate Health Challenges and Disparities in Care

Open Access
Meade, Danielle Marie
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Susan Jayne Loeb, Thesis Supervisor
  • Donna Marie Fick, Honors Advisor
  • health care
  • female inmate
Abstract This integrative literature review focuses on the healthcare challenges and disparities in care of female inmates. The review incorporates all aspects of health including physical, mental, and emotional health issues while females are in prison. Twenty-five studies were examined and synthesized to form a larger picture of the healthcare of female inmates. Over-arching themes found in the studies were in the areas of sexual transmitted diseases which include HIV and AIDS; previous sexual and/or physical abuse; and mental illness. Female-specific healthcare including pregnancy experience while incarcerated was also included.