Role of Physicians in Addressing Food Insecurity in Vermont Seniors
Methods. A web-based, 26-question survey was administered to physicians working in internal and family medicine practices throughout the state. Results from 44 physician responses were analyzed using ANOVA.
Results. Results show that the majority of Vermont physicians found that addressing food insecurity with their patients was challenging. One way ANOVA showed that physicians who were confident in their ability to identify food insecurity in their patients over age 60 were more likely to assess food insecurity in these patients (63% vs. 22%, respectively; F=5.60, df= 43, p=0.07). Social workers were recognized as the most effective at recognizing and best suited for addressing food insecurity. The majority of physicians (80%) are interested in participating in educational opportunities about food insecurity, many (66%) citing “online modules” as the preferred mode of education.
Discussion. This study supports the need for increased awareness and formal training among health care providers in addressing food insecurity amongst Vermont seniors. Future studies should include the development of online training modules for physician education regarding food insecurity.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Formulate strategies to help health professionals address food insecurity in their elderly patients.
Keyword(s): Food Security, Health Care Delivery
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