In a review in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the Add Health study was described as a leading source of “high-impact incarceration-related health research” among 36 major data sets related to incarceration. The Add Health survey employed a comprehensive approach which asked participants about incarceration status and detailed incarceration history in a manner that was appropriate for analysis by other researchers. Add Health also gathered valuable information about year, length, and family history of incarceration. This detailed information about incarceration is valuable in informing policy related to the growing cost of health care and incarceration.
- Cyrus Ahalt, San Francisco VA Medical Center; Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco
- Ingrid Binswanger, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
- Michael Steinman, San Francisco VA Medical Center; Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco
- Brie A. Williams, San Francisco VA Medical Center; Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco
Ahalt, C., et al. (2012). “Confined to Ignorance: The Absence of Prisoner Information from Nationally Representative Health Data Sets.” J Gen Intern Med 27(2): 160-166.