Prevalence of Traumatic Brain Injury in an Offender Population: A Meta-Analysis

Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Epidemiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.
Journal of Correctional Health Care 04/2010; 16(2):147-59. DOI: 10.1177/1078345809356538
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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can create challenges to managing offenders and to their successful community reentry upon release. In this study, the researchers reviewed relevant articles in Pubmed, PsycInfo, Medline, and EmBase (1983 to 2009) and communicated with other researchers to identify 20 epidemiologic studies that met preestablished inclusion criteria. Random-effects meta- and subgroup analyses were conducted to calculate the prevalence of TBI and the effects of gender, offender type, and definition and method of identifying TBI. The estimated prevalence of TBI in the overall offender population was 60.25 (95% confidence interval: 48.08 to 72.41). A truer estimate of TBI prevalence in offending populations could lead to more appropriate resource allocation, screening, and management of offenders.

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    • "Research into prevalence of acquired brain injury rates in UK male prisoner populations shows similar and concerning levels of injury (Williams et al., 2010) at around 60 per cent and a meta-analysis of previous studies indicating a prevalence rate of 52 per cent (Shiroma et al., 2012). The largest UK study undertaken to date, by Pitman et al. (2013), indicated a prevalence rate of 47 per cent amongst a prisoner population and that of these brain injured prisoners, 73 per cent reported that the brain injury predated their first offence, 71 per cent had experienced more than one traumatic brain injury, 30 per cent had experienced five or more traumatic brain injuries, 43 per cent had been in prison five or more times, 80 per cent had a history of drug use and they were three times more likely than non-brain injured prisoners to have held only partly skilled, unskilled jobs or to have never been employed. "
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    • "Two meta-analyses have examined its prevalence in offender populations. Shiroma et al. (2010) found a prevalence of about 60% (95% CI = 48.1-72.4) among young offenders, whereas (Farrer et al. (2012) revealed from nine studies of juvenile offenders that about 30% of them have a TBI. "
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