Developing a sleep apnoea clinic for prisoners

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Abstract

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Prisoners cannot always access the health services available to the general public, so one nurse set up a clinic to help diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnoea

Reynolds S (2016) Developing a sleep apnoea clinic for prisoners. Nursing Times; 112: 21/22/23, 17-19.

People in prison may experience barriers in accessing health services. By exploring some of these barriers and how they have been overcome, this article describes how prisoners were made aware of obstructive sleep apnoea and the associated risks, and how a clinic was set up in a prison healthcare centre. It shows how access to a community service was made available to the prisoners, and details how the service was set up, how it operates and what the outcomes achieved.

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