Assessing needs for psychiatric treatment in prisoners: 3. Comparison of care received by black and minority ethnic prisoners and by white prisoners
To investigate to what extent mental health treatment needs are met in white and black and minority ethnic (BME) prisoners.
Treatment needs of a random sample of male (n = 197) and female (n = 171) prisoners were assessed with standardised instruments. Interventions provided were confirmed through face-to-face interviews and case note review.
BME prisoners comprised 44% of participants. Treatment for depression, personality disorder and alcohol abuse was more often needed by White than BME prisoners. Needs were more frequently met in White than BME prisoners (48.5% vs 38.2%; p < 0.05), largely due to the delivery of psychological treatments.
BME prisoners had fewer of their mental health needs met.
KeywordsMental disorder Prisoners Treatment needs Ethnic differences
This study was funded by the National Forensic Mental Health R&D Programme (Ref. MRD 12/83).
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Conflict of interest
On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.
Ethical approval was obtained from the Thames Valley Research Ethics Committee (Ref. 05/MRE 12/52), in line with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments.
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