Food purchasing behavior of food insecure cancer patients receiving supplemental food vouchers Journal Article


Authors: Paolantonio, L.; Kim, S. Y.; Ramirez, J.; Roberts-Eversley, N.; Li, Y.; Melnic, I.; Wu, M.; Jutagir, D. R.; Smith, J.; Oladele, M.; Gany, F.
Article Title: Food purchasing behavior of food insecure cancer patients receiving supplemental food vouchers
Abstract: Purpose: Food insecure cancer patients experience worse health outcomes and poorer quality of life than food secure patients. There has been little research in programs to alleviate food insecurity in cancer patients. The objective of this paper is to report on the food purchasing behaviors of cancer patients enrolled in a supplemental food voucher program. Methods: This paper utilized data from a three-arm randomized controlled trial investigating the impact of food interventions on alleviating food insecurity in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. In one arm, patients received a monthly $230 voucher with which to purchase food. Receipts were collected for items purchased with the voucher and were coded to analyze purchasing behaviors. Results: Thirty-three patients provided receipts for more than 11,000 individual items. Patients spent 50% of voucher funds on animal protein, fruits, and vegetables. Patients spent, on average, 77% of voucher funds on items categorized as “healthy.” Conclusions: Patients who received a food voucher purchased more fruits and vegetables than national averages would suggest. They also spent less on sweetened beverages than national samples. Patients who were born outside of the United States or who were limited English proficient purchased significantly more healthy foods than English-speaking and American-born study patients. Supplemental food vouchers for food insecure cancer patients resulted in the purchase of healthy food items. © 2019, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.
Keywords: quality of life; cancer; food insecurity; supplemental nutrition
Journal Title: Supportive Care in Cancer
Volume: 28
Issue: 8
ISSN: 0941-4355
Publisher: Springer Verlag  
Date Published: 2020-08-01
Start Page: 3739
End Page: 3746
Language: English
DOI: 10.1007/s00520-019-05183-4
PUBMED: 31828492
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 1 July 2020 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Yuelin Li
    167 Li
  2. Francesca Mara Gany
    125 Gany
  3. Julia M Ramirez
    33 Ramirez
  4. Nicole S Roberts
    11 Roberts
  5. Irina   Melnic
    3 Melnic
  6. Devika Ruth Jutagir
    16 Jutagir
  7. Soo Young Kim
    6 Kim
  8. Minlun Wu
    2 Wu
  9. Julia Ann Smith
    1 Smith