264550 Working with nurses and relative caregivers to educate older adults about foodborne illness prevention: Evaluation of the Food Safety Because You Care intervention

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Sheryl Cates, BA , Food and Nutrition Policy Research, RTI International, RTP, NC
Sandria L. Godwin, PhD, RD, LD/N , School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
Kelly Wohlgenant, MS , Food and Nutrition Policy Research Program, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC
Richard Stone, BS , School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
Introduction: As the U.S. population ages, the fact that adults aged 60 and older are at an increased risk for foodborne illness compared to other age groups becomes an increasingly important public health issue. Research suggests that many older adults do not follow recommended food safety practices, and would prefer to learn about foodborne illness prevention from their health care providers. Methods: Food Safety Because You Care, an educational program designed for nurses, relative caregivers, and other individuals who provide care for older adults, was developed and distributed to nurses (n=86) and relative caregivers (n=88). The program includes a comprehensive booklet with information on recommended food safety practices in an easy-to-use format, quizzes, and food safety tips. A post-survey was conducted to assess participants' reaction to and use of the program. Results: After receiving the intervention, participants reported a high level of satisfaction with the program. About 70% rated it as “very informative” and “very useful,” and more than 90% agreed that they are better prepared to advise older adults on food safety. Participants used the program to educate older adults about food safety. About 60% provided advice on specific foods to avoid eating because of food safety concerns. About 70% of caregivers made changes in how they prepare food for their relative and 57% of nurses provided food safety advice to patients. Discussion: The intervention was well received by nurses and relative caregivers. Additional research is needed to evaluate the program's impact on older adults' food safety behaviors.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the components of the Food Safety Because You Care intervention; 2. Describe participants’ satisfaction with the intervention; and 3. Discuss participants' use of the intervention to educate older adults about foodborne illness prevention

Keywords: Food Safety, Aging

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the PI or project leader of multiple federally funded grants or contacts to evaluate food safety and nutrition education programs.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.