|کد مقاله||کد نشریه||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||نسخه تمام متن|
|101875||161298||2015||5 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||دانلود رایگان|
• The incidence of episodes of voluntary fasting in Spanish prisons is 11.9‰ prisoner/year.
• The duration of episodes and weight loss occurring are slim.
• Only a third of people say start a hunger strike in prison really fast.
• Only one tenth of them come to truly put their health at risk.
ObjectiveTo provide a description of the frequency and main features of the episodes of voluntary total fasting (VTF) taking place in Spanish prisons.Material and methodsInformation on the episodes of VTF reported between 04/01/2013 and 03/31/2014 was gathered. Once the appropriate informed consent was given, other data on social, demographic, penitentiary and clinical aspects were collected. A descriptive study of such variables together with a bivariate analysis was then carried out by means of standard statistical techniques and binary logistic regression models. IBM SPSS Statistics v.20 software was used for this purpose. This study was approved by an accredited Clinical Research Ethics Committee.Results354 episodes of VTF took place among an average population of 29,762 prisoners. Therefore, the incidence rate was 11.9 VTF episodes per ‰ inmates-year. Informed consent (IC) was given in 180 cases (50.8%). 114 were of Spanish nationality and the average age was 38.7 years old (95% CI 37.2–40.1). The median duration of the episodes was 3 days (IQR 1–10), ranged between 1 and 71 days. The main reason was a disagreement on the decisions of treatment groups (57 cases, 31.7%). The average weight loss was 1.3 kg (70.8 vs. 69.5; p < 0.0001) and 0.7 of the BMI (24.5 vs. 23.8; p < 0.0001). 60 prisoners (33.3%) lost no weight at all and only 8 (4.4%) lost over 12% of the basal weight (8.5 kg). Ketone smell was identified in 61 cases (33.9%) and ketonuria in 63 (35%).ConclusionsOnly one third of those who go on hunger strike in prison actually fast. Revindicative episodes of voluntary total fasting are somewhat common in Spanish prisons, but rarely are they carried out rigorously and entail a risk for those who fast.
Journal: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine - Volume 34, August 2015, Pages 182–186