Tuesday 16th April, 2013
10:10am to 10:40am
This survey research study examined the extent to which health care providers (physicians and nurse practitioners) monitor food insecurity (FI) in households with children, and identified factors that predict monitoring, with the goal of encouraging the practice. Respondents were 186 health providers in the Portland metro region. Most did not ask about FI during clinic visits. Factor analysis and regression showed that FI monitoring was significantly predicted (p<.05) by providers’ knowledge level about FI, discomfort in discussing FI, years in practice, and other factors. Extension can use this information to develop communications for health providers that educate them about FI and help them discuss it with their patients.
Marc Braverman and Anne Hoisington, Oregon State University
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