Effects of interventions on depression and anxiety in older people with physical health problems in the criminal justice system: a systematic review

Elsevier, The Lancet Healthy Longevity, Volume 4, August 2023
Perry A.E., Marshall D., Moe-Byrne T., Knowles S., Churchill R., Harden M. et al.
The demand for health care in older people involved in the criminal justice system is high. The prevalence of mental and physical health conditions for people living in prison is greater than in community populations. After systematically searching 21 databases, we found no targeted interventions to support depression or anxiety for this group of people. 24 studies (including interventions of yoga, creative-arts-based programmes, positive psychology, or mindfulness-based interventions and psychotherapy) did contain people older than 50 years, but this only represented a minority (10%) of the overall study population. No single study reported outcomes of physical health. Future interventions need to consider the needs and views of this vulnerable group. Specific gendered and coproduced interventions are required to enhance the implementation, feasibility, and acceptability of interventions that are delivered in prisons.