A study detailing the perspectives of suburban clinicians on those with food insecurity has revealed three different themes. First, workflow and time did not act as barriers to the food insecurity screening process. Second, the screenings made patients feel cared for. Third, the pediatricians surveyed recommended that food insecurity screenings be done prior to the patient’s visit.
A profile of patients more likely to have food insecurity also emerged. These children were more often Hispanic or African American, younger than most other patients, have a diagnosis of asthma, and were receiving some form of public insurance. Food insecurity screenings are important because the issue can greatly impact a child’s overall health and their long-term wellbeing. However, there is little research that examines suburban practices in relation to food insecurity. To combat this, the study reported on food insecurity practices, acceptability, and feasibility in order to provide facts on incorporating food insecurity screenings in more areas.
These findings were published in Pediatrics on June 20, 2017.