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Addressing food insecurity in health care settings

September 09, 2019

Many health care settings are exploring ways to reduce patient food insecurity, but there is little rigorously conducted research in this area. A review of articles covering food insecurity interventions in health care settings from 2000-2018 found that interventions focused on either referrals or direct provision of food or vouchers both suffered from poor follow-up, a general lack of comparison groups, and limited statistical power and generalizability. Given the clear and convincing evidence that food insecurity has an adverse impact on health and well-being across the life course, more research is needed to better explore what makes for effective food interventions.
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Interventions Addressing Food Insecurity in Health Care Settings: A Systematic Review
Emilia H. De Marchis, MD, MAS, et al
University of California, San Francisco, Department of Family & Community Medicine, San Francisco, California

American Academy of Family Physicians

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