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Medical Problems of Prisoners

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Appendix table 2. Standard errors of state and federal inmates who reported specific current medical problems by gender, 2004

  Standard error for estimated percentages

Current medical problem Total Male Female

State inmates            
  Arthritis 0.53 % 0.51 % 1.02 %
  Asthma 0.42   0.40   0.93  
  Cancer 0.14   0.13   0.36  
  Diabetes 0.29   0.28   0.54  
  Heart problems 0.35   0.34   0.68  
  Hypertension 0.51   0.50   0.89  
  Kidney problems 0.26   0.24   0.60  
  Liver problems 0.15   0.15   0.27  
  Paralysis 0.17   0.17   0.28  
  Stroke 0.23   0.22   0.45  
  Hepatitis 0.33   0.31   0.70  
  HIV 0.21   0.20   0.35  
  Sexually transmitted disease 0.13   0.12   0.33  
  Tuberculosis* 0.43   0.43   0.57  
Federal inmates            
  Arthritis 0.94 % 0.90 % 2.00 %
  Asthma 0.74   0.70   1.62  
  Cancer 0.22   0.22   0.47  
  Diabetes 0.63   0.61   1.19  
  Heart problems 0.68   0.65   1.41  
  Hypertension 0.97   0.93   1.90  
  Kidney problems 0.49   0.46   1.19  
  Liver problems 0.30   0.29   0.49  
  Paralysis 0.36   0.35   0.57  
  Stroke 0.37   0.35   0.79  
  Hepatitis 0.57   0.56   0.98  
  HIV 0.31   0.31   0.60  
  Sexually transmitted disease 0.18   0.18   0.30  
  Tuberculosis* 0.73   0.73   1.14  

*Includes all inmates who ever reported having TB.


Source: Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities, 2004.
  See also Methodology.
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