“It Can Be Confusing”: Family Perspectives on Food Insecurity Screening in Urban Pediatric Primary Care Clinics

2/1/2024 –


Food insecurity, for which families are routinely screened at medical visits, has deleterious health consequences. This study sought to understand the lived experiences of families with lower incomes participating in food insecurity screening at two urban pediatric primary care clinics. Forty-three semi-structured interviews were performed in English and Spanish with families with public insurance after well visits where food insecurity screening was documented. Immersion-crystallization analysis was used to identify salient themes. Families reported discomfort with food insecurity screening, but nonetheless found screening acceptable when performed universally and privately. Families shared confusion about how their screening responses would be used and expected that resources would be available promptly for those who screen positive. Food insecurity screening may be improved for families through explanations of how responses will be used, allowing families to opt out, soliciting family preferences for resource referral, and offering promptly available resources for families with food insecurity.

Read the Full Article at Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 


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