Providing Acute Care for Seriously Ill Incarcerated Patients in the Community


Community health care professionals often have questions when caring for incarcerated patients, such as “do incarcerated patients have the right to make their own medical decisions?” and “can my incarcerated patient participate in clinical trials?” The resources on this page were compiled to help community clinicians provide excellent care for incarcerated patients who require acute hospitalization during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources will be updated frequently.

This webinar was created by Amend at UCSF and their team of physicians and correctional and public health experts. This webinar answers questions frequently asked by community clinicians (including physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains) who may be participating in the care of hospitalized incarcerated patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the guidance in this webinar is most applicable to clinicians in California, the general principles are true for incarcerated patients from most state and federal prisons. It was recorded on July 9, 2020.

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This document was compiled to help community clinicians in California provide excellent medical care for California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) patients who require acute hospitalization during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team at Amend has put together several resources to aid health care professionals/advocates in requesting compassionate release for incarcerated patients. Find the resources here.