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The purpose of this study was to collect baseline data on the physical health of sentenced male prisoners, to assess their physical needs, to investigate health-related behaviour, to assess the extent and nature of physical disorder and to compare them with men of equivalent age in the general population. Comparisons were made with the general population using the data for the Health Survey for England, 1993 carried out by OPCS.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Length of sentence; living conditions prior to sentence, respondent's general health and medical conditions, smoking; alcohol use; physical activity and exercise; diet; drug use; clinical measurements and details, such as height; weight; blood pressure; lung function and medication.

Socio-demographic variables (age, ethnic group, nationality status, income, socio-economic status, educational qualifications, employment history), length of sentence, living conditions prior to sentence, whether respondent had spent time in Local Authority care or youth custody institution before the age of 16 years, respondent's general health and medical conditions, use of health services (in prison and NHS), smoking, alcohol use, physical activity and exercise, diet, drug use, clinical measurements and details, such as height, weight, blood pressure, lung function and medication.

England and Wales, accidents, addiction, advice, age, alcohol consumption, alcoholic drinks, alcoholism, allergies, amphetamines, anabolic steroids, anxiety, assault, asthma, attitudes, beverages, cannabis, cardiovascular diseases, cereal products, children, children in care, choice, clinical tests and measurements, cocaine, confectionery, cooking, cooperation, crime, dental examinations, dental health, dental treatment, depression, diabetes, diet and nutrition, disabilities, diseases, distance measurement, drug abuse, drug addiction, drugs, economic activity, ecstasy (drug), edible fats, educational background, emotional disturbances, employees, employers, employment, employment history, epilepsy, ethnic groups, everyday life, examinations, exercise, eyesight tests, family members, food, frequency, fruit, hallucinogenic drugs, health, health consultations
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Public health
Data collecting organization (s)
Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
Unit of Analysis

Sentenced male prisoners held in prisons in England and Wales. 992 weighted sample size

ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
Fazel S, et al. Health of elderly male prisoners: worse than the general population, worse than younger prisoners. Age and Ageing 2001; 30: 403-407