Health and Health Service Needs: Comparison of Older and Younger Women with Criminal−Legal Involvement in Three Cities

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  • Objectives: We profiled the health and health services needs of a sample of older adult women (age 50+) with criminal–legal system (CLS) involvement and compared them with younger women (age 18–49), also CLS-involved. Methods: Using survey data collected from January to June 2020 from adult women with CLS involvement in three US cities, we profiled and compared the older adult women with younger women on behavioral and structural risk factors, health conditions, and health services access and use. Results: One-third (157/510) were age 50+. We found significant differences (p <.05) in health conditions and health services use: older women had more chronic conditions (e.g., hypertension and stroke) and more multimorbidity and reported more use of personalized care (e.g., private doctor, medical home, and health insurance). Discussion: Although older women with CLS involvement reported good access to health services compared with younger women, their chronic health conditions, multimorbidity, and functional declines merit attention.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 25402556
  • Author List

  • Emerson A; Lipnicky A; Comfort M; Lorvick J; Cropsey K; Smith S; Ramaswamy M
  • Start Page

  • 60
  • End Page

  • 70
  • Volume

  • 34
  • Issue

  • 1