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Health and lifestyle

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be difficult in prison. Many inmates arrive in poor health and with unhealthy habits. This diminished quality of life is exacerbated among those with substance abuse and addiction problems. In order to give prisoners the opportunity for a good quality of life after incarceration, it is important to facilitate education and better follow-up on the path to better health.

In the PriSUD cohort,  NorMA , prisoners' overall quality of life is measured by validated instruments in which prisoners have answered questions about health habits prior to and during imprisonment. Using registry data, we are investigating a connection between these habits and eventual illness and death.

Publications on this topic

Havnes, Ingrid Amalia, Bukten, Anne, Rognli, Eline Borger, and Muller, Ashley Elizabeth. "Use of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids and Other Substances Prior to and During Imprisonment - Results from the Norwegian Offender Mental Health and Addiction (Norma) Study." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 217 (2020): 108255.

Muller, Ashley Elizabeth, and Bukten, Anne. "Measuring the Quality of Life of Incarcerated Individuals." International Journal of Prisoner Health 15, no. 1 (2019): 1-13.

Muller, Ashley Elizabeth, Havnes, Ingrid Amalia, Rognli, Eline Borger, and Bukten, Anne. "Inmates with Harmful Substance Use Increase Both Exercise and Nicotine Use under Incarceration." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15, no. 12 (2018): 2663.

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