Sensitivity of a national coronial database for monitoring unnatural deaths among ex-prisoners in Australia.
Jessica Y Andrews, Simon Forsyth, Jessica Wade, Stuart A Kinner
BMC Research Notes | Published : 2011
BACKGROUND: The period immediately after release from custody is a time of marked vulnerability and increased risk of death for ex-prisoners. Despite this, there is currently no routine, national system for monitoring ex-prisoner mortality in Australia. This study subsequently aimed to evaluate the sensitivity of Australia's National Coroners Information System (NCIS) for identifying reportable deaths among prisoners and ex-prisoners. FINDINGS: Prisoner and ex-prisoner deaths identified through an independent search of the NCIS were compared with 'gold standard' records of prisoner and ex-prisoner deaths, generated from a national monitoring system and a state-based record linkage study, res..View full abstract