Wiebke Bretschneider

Wiebke Bretschneider
Hochschule Magdeburg · Department of Applied Human Sciences

Dr. sc. med.

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August 2018 - present
Hochschule Magdeburg
Position
  • Project Manager
September 2017 - June 2018
University of Basel
Position
  • Research Associate
September 2015 - December 2016
University of Basel
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Organising and coordinating the SNF-project "Inpatient-outpatient transitions in the era of DRGs: the legal framework and current practice"

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Publications (36)
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to determine the prevalence of polypharmacy and drug–drug interactions (DDIs) in older and younger prisoners, and compared if age group is associated with risks of polypharmacy and DDIs. Design/methodology/approach For 380 prisoners from Switzerland (190 were 49 years and younger; 190 were 50 years and older)...
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This qualitative article presents and compares the views of older prisoners and expert stakeholders on the topic of nutrition and exercise. The study highlights measures for improving the health of older prisoners. Older prisoners report the need to improve quality of meals provided in prison. They note that prison food is of poor quality and not a...
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Purpose In prison populations, treating pain is particularly challenging, especially for the growing number of older prisoners. The objective was to find out about prevalence, frequency, and types of pain medications prescribed to older prisoners (≥50 years) in comparison with younger prisoners (<50 years). Methods Data were collected in Switzerla...
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Aging in custody and the rising population of elderly prisoners are creating compelling challenges for criminal justice, prison and public healthcare systems. Geriatric syndrome and higher prevalence of co-morbidities amongst older inmates result in heightened vulnerability in prison environments. Empirical research addressing older adults' access...
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Aging in custody and the rising population of elderly prisoners are creating compelling challenges for criminal justice, prison and public healthcare systems. Geriatric syndrome and higher prevalence of co-morbidities amongst older inmates result in heightened vulnerability in prison environments. Empirical research addressing older adults' access...
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Objectives The paper examines whether routine data from prisoners’ files is a useful basis to estimate prevalence rates of illicit drug use among prisoners. Methods Medico-legal files of 190 younger (20–49 years) and 190 older (50–75 years) male prisoners from 13 prisons in Switzerland were analysed. Indications of illicit drug use were extracted b...
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Early release of seriously ill and elderly prisoners is possible in several countries, but only few prisoners gain such exemption. We identified hurdles to the implementation of early release laws in Europe by analyzing legal requirements for such release and with 40 stakeholder qualitative interviews. Provisions are based on prisoners’ health stat...
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Objective: Due to the higher morbidity prevalent in the increasing older population, prisons are facing new challenges on a structural, ethical, and financial level. This study's goal was to explore older prisoners' views and experiences regarding the quality of medical services. Method: In this qualitative study, 35 semi-structured interviews w...
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Most prisoners wish to spend their last days outside prison. Early release of seriously ill and ageing prisoners, commonly termed compassionate release, can be granted based on legal regulations but is rarely successful. The aim of this paper is to present the views of ageing prisoners on compassionate release using qualitative interviews. Particip...
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The debate on age-segregated housing for older prisoners has seldom captured the perspectives of older prisoners and professionals (‘stakeholders’) working in a European prison setting. To address this gap in the research, 35 older prisoners from Switzerland and 40 stakeholders from three European countries (including Switzerland) were interviewed...
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This study assessed health care utilization of aging prisoners and compared it with that of younger prisoners. Health care utilization comprised visits to general practitioners (GPs), nurses, and mental health professionals (MHPs) for a period of 6 months. Using retrospective study design, data were extracted from medical records of 190 older priso...
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Background: While the overall prison population continues to increase worldwide, there is a disproportionate growth of the number of older prisoners with complex medical co-morbidities. Little research has been done on understanding their health care and how social determinants of healthcare affects this group despite its importance for future poli...
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Background: The number of older prisoners entering and ageing in prison has increased in the last few decades. Ageing prisoners pose unique challenges to the prison administration as they have differentiated social, custodial and healthcare needs than prisoners who are younger and relatively healthier. Objective: The goal of this study was to ex...
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Assisted suicide (AS) is a controversial practice with which physicians and nurses are confronted more and more often. In Switzerland, it is available for Swiss residents and in certain cases for foreigners. Prisoners meet the same prerequisites for AS as the general population and should therefore be eligible for it. Ethical issues, such as inform...
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Definition of the problem Restraint measures are still used in different medical institutions to change or influence patients’ behaviour. Arguments Mobility restrictions can constitute a deprivation of liberty and justification is always needed. Also, indications for these measures have to be clarified as the aim of treatment in patients’ health ca...
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Health care in prison and particularly the health care of older prisoners are increasingly important topics due to the growth of the ageing prisoner population. The aim of this paper is to gain insight into the approaches used in the provision of equivalent health care to ageing prisoners and to confront the intuitive definition of equivalent care...
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Women form a growing minority within the worldwide prison population and have special needs and distinct characteristics. Within this group exists a smaller sub-group: elderly female prisoners (EFPs) who require tailored social and health interventions that address their unique needs. Data collected from two prisons in Switzerland housing women pri...
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Background: Relatively little is known about the current health care situation and the legal rights of ageing prisoners worldwide. To date, only a few studies have investigated their rights to health care. However, elderly prisoners need special attention. Objective: The aim of this article is to critically review the health care situation of ol...
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Restraints are used for several medical situations. Their use in restraining patients in psychiatric care and nursing homes is widely debated, whereas those in hospitals are rarely discussed. This is a particular cause of concern because restraints are prescribed under various circumstances in hospitals and yet they have an ambivalent character bec...

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