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The OPCS/ONS Surveys of Psychiatric Morbidity in Great Britain aim to provide up-to-date information about the prevalence of psychiatric problems among people in Great Britain, as well as their associated social disabilities and use of services. The series started in 1993. he Survey of Psychiatric Morbidity among Prisoners in England and Wales was commissioned by the Department of Health in 1997. It aimed to provide up-to-date baseline information about the prevalence of psychiatric problems among male and female remand and sentenced prisoners in order to inform policy decisions about services.
Main Topics/Subject Category
Neurosis, psychosis, personality disorder, alcohol and drug dependence, deliberate self-harm, post-traumatic stress and intellectual functioning. In addition they included information on use of services before and in prison, key life events, social and economic functioning and a range of socio-demographic information.
England and Wales, criminals, detention, health, mental disorders, mental health, mentally ill, morbidity, prison sentences, prisoners
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Crime, Mental Health
Area of Health System
Secondary care
Disease Area
Mental health
Data collecting organization (s)
Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
Unit of Analysis
Prisoners aged 16 to 64 years from all prisons in England and Wales. 3142 initial interview obtained and 505 obtained in second interview.
ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access