The Swiss Prison Study (SWIPS): Protocol for a public health registry among prisoners

Thomas Gaisl, Naser Musli, Patrick Baumgartner, Marc Meier, Silvana K Rampini, Eva Blozik, Edouard Battegay, Malcolm Kohler, Shekhar Saxena
Health aspects, disease frequencies, and specific health interests of prisoners and refugees are poorly understood. Importantly, access to the healthcare system is limited for this vulnerable population. Objective: Currently, there has been no systematic investigation to understand the health issues of inmates in Switzerland. Furthermore, little is known on how recent migration flows in Europe may have impacted the health conditions of inmates in recent years. We therefore planned a largescale
more » ... bservational study to establish a public health registry in northern-central Switzerland. Methods: Demographic and health-related data, such as age, sex, country of origin, duration of imprisonment, medication (including the drug name, brand, dosage, and release), medical history (including the ICD codes for all diagnoses and external results that are part of the medical history in the prison) will be deposited in a central register over a span of five years (
doi:10.5167/uzh-192958 fatcat:hze4smty3vd2xnhqduyrkbkz3a