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Prison Health Opportunities for Medical Students and Residents FMF 2013 Heather Filek Amanda Degenhardt Alvin Keng Ruth Elwood Martin John Koehn.
Health Advocacy “Physicians are the natural attorneys of the poor, and social problems fall to a large extent within their jurisdiction.” - RUDOLF VIRCHOW
Health Advocate Role Frank et al, CanMEDs, Definition: As Health Advocates, physicians responsibly use their expertise and influence to advance the health and well-being of individual patients, communities, and populations.
Incarceration in Canada Approx 54,498 individuals in custody Higher prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorders First Nations over represented Stats Canada; 2010/11.
Go directly to jail…
Objectives 1.Review CanMEDS competencies that prison health educational opportunities can foster. 2.Understand the opportunities available for medical students and residents. 3.Network with others who are interested in prison health education.
History of the Prison Health Project FMF 2013 Amanda Degenhardt University of British Columbia MSI 4.
Hx of Prison Health Program 2 nd year of medicine—CSLO Started 5 years ago Initiative to present inmates with information on health and infectious diseases Unique and marginalized population. Groups of two to deliver 1 hr presentation Audience: ~12-15 inmates Locations: Fraser Regional Corrections Centre(FRCC), North Fraser Pre-trial Centre (NFPC), and Alouette Correctional Centre for Women (ACCW)
Hx of Prison Health Program The prison population has unique health needs: –Mental illness –Poverty –Addictions –Infectious diseases Restricted access – limited knowledge of the health and human rights concerns of prisoners Developing student deliverables Over the years project development progressed: –BC Corrections relationship –Module Content –Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize students’ relationship with BC Corrections –Expansion into the Juvenile institutions
Modules Developed Navigating the Health Care System Mental Health Basic Hygiene Women’s Health Infectious Disease Health & Your Child Sexual Health
Challenges with Presentations More examples pertinent with the prison population Mental health had basic science – kept it more “big” picture Careful that photos aren’t “triggers” or too extreme as this illicit disruptions Remove medical jargon
Pilot Project Adapt and deliver youth targeted health modules (basic hygiene, sexual health, navigating the health care system) to juvenile inmates at the Burnaby Youth Custody Services Centre More relaxed atmosphere More time spent on Q&A Health Jeopardy
Following pilot Well received and felt this could be an independent CSLO –Safe Relationships (Harassment, Abuse, Neglect and Positive Role Models) –Sexual Identity –Mental Health (Body Image, Self-Esteem and Bullying) –Mental Health (Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Psychosis, Suicide) –Addictions (Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking) –Nutrition and Exercise –Dental Health –Sleep and Growth –Body Modification (Tattoos, Piercings) –Risky Behaviour, Accidental Injury and Prevention
Personal Experience Youth – a lot of food for thought –How do we stop them from entering into the juvenile system? Once in, how do we stop the cycle? –What is my role as a member of the community and as a health care professional CanMeds –Communicator Listen effectively to elucidate concerns and address them Nonverbasl cues Safe environment to talk – confidentiality and rapport –Advocate Community resources –Medical Expert Explain and provide information to both child and parents to better understand the issue they have come in with
Personal Experience Incarcerated individuals are marginalized population that is unheard –Not allowed dental floss (potential weapon) –No access to dental care Lack of awareness of health care rights –Fear or discomfort sharing personal information –When it’s appropriate to see a doctor –What a good patient-physician relationship looks like Acted as a health advocate – health promotion and disease prevention
Future Effect on my Medical School Experience 3 rd year of clerkship was in an integrated community clerkship Weekly family practice office managed transition houses therefore some patients were previously incarcerated Allowed me to be open and accepting of the patients Cohesive relationship to address their needs which include acute and longstanding issues
Prison Health Project 2012/13 FMF 2013 Alvin Keng University of British Columbia MSI 3.
Prison Health Project in Inherited the project from medical students of prior year UBC Medicine Year 2: Doctors, Patients and Society (DPAS) course - Community Service Learning Option (CSLO) Team of 7 students in
Locations Essential Skills to Success –Fraser Regional Corrections Centre –North Fraser Pre-Trial Centre –Alouette Correctional Center for Women –Surrey Pre-Trial Services Centre Burnaby Youth Custody Services Centre
Existing Modules Navigating the Health Care System Mental Health Basic Hygiene Women’s Health Infectious Disease Health & Your Child Sexual Health (at Burnaby Youth Custody Services Centre)
Navigating the Health Care System Explained the health care system in BC with a focus on a community POV Sample topics: how to find a family doctor, MSP, Pharmacare, how to get the most from a doctor’s appointment
Mental Health Discussed common mental disorders and how to stay healthy mentally Sample topics: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, recognizing suicide risk, staying mentally health in prison and in the community
Women’s Health Discussed different areas of women’s health pertinent to incarcerated females Sample topics: STIs, breast cancer, the well woman exam, contraception
Infectious Diseases Reviewed common infectious diseases, modes of transmission, prevention & treatment Not presented in Sample topics: HBV, HCV, HIV, Scabies, Lice, TB
Health & Your Child Discussed healthy pregnancies, young child development, and healthy lifestyles Sample topics: when to see a doctor during pregnancy, nutrition and healthy living tips, dangers of cigarettes, alcohol, drugs in pregnancy, child nutrition
Sexual Health Developed for youth to discuss common STIs, and prevention, prevention, prevention! Sample topics: Gonorrhea, chlamydia, HPV, herpes, HIV, contraception, prevention
New Modules for Self Care Substance Abuse Men’s Health
Self Care Discussed self-care and its relationship to health Rationale: Rehashed basic hygiene module to include nutrition and sleep hygiene Sample topics: nutrition, preventable communicable diseases, exercise, sleep hygiene, stress relief
Substance Abuse Reviewed common substances of abuse and their impact on health Rationale: Identified as a gap by our community partner Sample topics: Sleeping medications, anabolic steroids, acetaminophen, cocaine, etc.
Men’s Health Discussed major health issues affecting men, Rationale: Identified as a major gap and area of interest Sample topics: “The Big 5”, testicular disease, prostate disease, the importance of screening, sexual dysfunction Men’s Health Initiative of BC
Lessons for the Future Inmates have unique needs and restrictions Connection to the outside community Engaging inmates in their health Measurable impact Prison is a unique community with nuances difficult to understand for an outsider
Students’ experience of prison health education during medical school FMF 2013 Heather Filek University of British Columbia MSI 4 Filek H et al. Med Teach Nov;35(11):
Purpose Social responsibility is a core component of medical education 1 – how are students learning to be socially responsible? CanMEDS competencies: – Health Advocate, Communicator, Collaborator Purpose of the study: to explore the impact of pre-clinical prison health education on medical students 1 Faulkner, L., McCurdy, R. (2000) Teaching medical students social responsibility: the right thing to do. Academic Medicine, 75(4):
Methods Students and residents who participated in the DPAS420 CSLO Prison Project as 2 nd year medical students. Recruitment via invitation ; convenience sampling 10 in-depth interviews Each interview audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim Analysis via interpretive description, a method to “capture themes and patterns within subjective perceptions 2 ” UBC Behavioural Research Ethics Board certificate of approval was obtained 2 Thorne, S. (2000). Data analysis in qualitative research. Evidence Based Nursing, 3, 68-70
Findings Four main themes were identified as the major impacts of being exposed to the prison population during medical school training
Theme #1 Exposure to incarcerated populations increases students’ insight into issues that diverse marginalized sub-populations encounter “the value of having prison health as part of medical school would be that it exposes you to more or less every marginalized population you could imagine. It’s the immigrants, it’s women, it’s homelessness, it’s aboriginal, it’s drug addicted…”
Theme #2 Positive interactions with the incarcerated individuals enhances relationship building Received warm welcome from incarcerated individuals Positive relationships between inmates and future HCP “We got really good feedback from the inmates themselves…that positive interaction was something we’d hoped to foster.”
Theme #3 Collaboration reinforces teamwork skills BC Corrections Prison wardens & guards Health Care in correctional facilities UBC faculty “It’s just like the hospital where things function a lot more smoothly when everyone from the team gets along. And respects one another.”
Theme #4 Community placements garner important learning opportunities within the medical school curriculum “It’s experiences I can tie back to when I come into contact with patients who have been through the prison system.” “It’s not something you can learn in a textbook….it’s only through interacting with the people that you can break down the stereotypes that you have and feel more comfortable interacting with that population.”
Conclusion of study Findings = CanMEDS competencies (Health Advocate, Communicator, Collaborator) Our findings demonstrated that pre-clinical exposure to incarcerated individuals and prison health education provided a unique setting for medical students to develop an increased sense of social responsibility and accountability.
“So I think I developed a sense of compassion for a group of people that I didn’t previously understand as well. Hopefully that makes me a better physician for that.”
Opportunities abound! FMF New Prison Health Advocacy Elective 2.Regional shadowing opportunities 3.Health promotion projects 4.Research.
Prison Health Advocacy Elective 4-week elective rotation through UBC Emphasis on the health advocate role Embedded cultural competency certification Multi-site options
Shadowing Representative prison physicians on SIFP committee from every region of Canada –Kingston, ONT –St. John’s, NFLD –St. Albert, SASK –Vancouver, BC
Health Promotion Established projects in BC Support for distributed initiatives through the Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education
Research and Policy Working groups established to contribute to position papers on issues: Segregation Access to effective addiction treatment
A National Conversation Physicians working in prisons have a unique skill set Learners have potential to contribute a great deal Well positioned to advocate for change