Do our patients have enough to eat? Food insecurity among urban low-income cancer patients Journal Article


Authors: Gany, F.; Lee, T.; Ramirez, J.; Massie, D.; Moran, A.; Crist, M.; McNish, T.; Winkel, G.; Leng, J. C. F.
Article Title: Do our patients have enough to eat? Food insecurity among urban low-income cancer patients
Abstract: This study assessed the prevalence and predictors of food insecurity among a cohort of underserved oncology patients at New York City cancer clinics. A demographic survey and the U.S. Household Food Security Survey Module were administered. A multivariate General Linear Model Analysis of Covariance was used to evaluate predictors of food insecurity. Four hundred and four (404) completed the surveys. Nearly one-fifth (18%) had very low, 38% low, 17% marginal, and 27% high food security. The Analysis of Covariance was statistically significant (F[7, 370] = 19.08; p <.0001; R-Square = 0.26). Younger age, Spanish language, poor health care access, and having less money for food since beginning cancer treatment were significantly associated with greater food insecurity. This cohort of underserved cancer patients had rates of food insecurity nearly five times those of the state average. More research is needed to understand better the causes and impact of food insecurity among cancer and chronic disease patients. © Meharry Medical College.
Keywords: cancer patients; low-income; food insecurity; urban
Journal Title: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume: 25
Issue: 3
ISSN: 1049-2089
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press  
Date Published: 2014-08-01
Start Page: 1153
End Page: 1168
Language: English
DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2014.0145
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 25130231
PMCID: PMC4849892
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Notes: Export Date: 2 September 2014 -- CODEN: JHCUE -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Jennifer Chung Foung Leng
    51 Leng
  2. Francesca Mara Gany
    125 Gany
  3. Trevor Gage Lee
    7 Lee
  4. Julia M Ramirez
    33 Ramirez
  5. Thelma V Mcnish
    6 Mcnish
  6. Dana Chale Marie Massie
    2 Massie