Owen J Murray

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OBJECTIVE A number of legal, social, and political factors over the past 40 years have led to the current epidemic of psychiatric disorders in the U.S. prison system. Although numerous investigations have reported substantially elevated rates of psychiatric disorders among prison inmates compared with the general population, it is unclear whether mental(More)
This study examined the relationship between the overall rate of psychiatric disorders and suicides in the nation's largest state prison population. Data from 234,031 Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates who were incarcerated for any duration between September 2006 and September 2007 were analyzed by Poisson regression, to assess the independent(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined medical emergency department utilization for patterns among uninsured patients with psychiatric disorders. METHODS Billing records of 15,672 uninsured adult patients treated in the emergency department of an academic medical center in southeast Texas over a 12-month period were analyzed for information on demographic(More)
OBJECTIVES:Alcohol abuse and chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections are the major etiologic factors for chronic liver disease/cirrhosis (CLD) in the United States. These CLD risk factors are highly prevalent in US adult incarcerated populations, but CLD-related mortality data from these populations are lacking. The primary(More)
PURPOSE Psychiatric disorders, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression, have been associated with both HIV-associated risk behaviors and HIV infection. While the US prison population is reported to exhibit elevated rates of HIV/AIDS and most psychiatric disorders, scarce information currently exists on the association of these conditions in(More)
OBJECTIVES Information on the epidemiology of end-stage liver disease (ESLD) in US correctional populations is limited. We examined the prevalence, mortality and clinical characteristics of ESLD in the nation's second largest state prison system. METHODS We collected and analyzed medical and demographic data from 370,511 offenders incarcerated in Texas'(More)
Although the rate of HIV infection among US prison inmates is considerably higher than that of the general population, little is known about age-related changes in HIV-infected inmates over the last decade. This study of the nation's largest state prison system examined (1) whether the mean age of the HIV-infected inmate increased over the last decade, and(More)
As a response to rising health care costs and substantial cuts in state funding for correctional health care in Texas, we developed and applied a process framework for systematically prioritizing the provision of inpatient hospital services to prisoners. Specifically, all inpatient services provided from September 2009 through August 2011 at the University(More)
PURPOSE Prison inmates present with higher rates of disease morbidity and mortality than the general population. The rates of certain infectious diseases such as hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis are reported to be particularly elevated in prison systems. Scarce information, however, exists on the overall infectious disease profile of inmate(More)
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