Caregivers' experiences with food insecurity screening and impact of food insecurity resources

Clin Pediatr

We explored caregivers’ experiences with food insecurity screening in a primary care setting and the impact of resources provided. English- and Spanish-speaking food insecure caregivers of children aged 1 to 5 years were recruited. In-depth individual semistructured interviews were conducted (n = 17) eliciting caregivers’ experiences with food insecurity, clinic screening, and resources provided. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Interviews were double-coded and thematic analysis was used to identify themes and subthemes. All caregivers described multiple and repeat experiences with food insecurity. Food insecurity screening was acceptable, but families were not always connected with resources. Caregivers described WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) as the most commonly used program to address food insecurity and infrequently utilized other food insecurity resources. Screening for food insecurity in primary care was generally well accepted by this sample of food insecure caregivers. Future studies are needed to determine how to improve connecting resources with families most in need.

Orr CJ, Chauvenet C, Ozgun H, et al. Caregivers' experiences with food insecurity screening and impact of food insecurity resources. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019:9922819850483. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 31122058. DOI: 10.1177/0009922819850483.

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Resource Type: 
Peer Reviewed Research
Study Design: 
Other Study Design
Social Determinant of Health: 
Children and Youth
Social Needs/ SDH
Patient Experience of Care
Screening Research: