Use of hospital-based food pantries among low-income urban cancer patients Journal Article


Authors: Gany, F.; Lee, T.; Loeb, R.; Ramirez, J.; Moran, A.; Crist, M.; McNish, T.; Leng, J. C. F.
Article Title: Use of hospital-based food pantries among low-income urban cancer patients
Abstract: To examine uptake of a novel emergency food system at five cancer clinics in New York City, hospital-based food pantries, and predictors of use, among low-income urban cancer patients. This is a nested cohort study of 351 patients who first visited the food pantries between October 3, 2011 and January 1, 2013. The main outcome was continued uptake of this food pantry intervention. Generalized estimating equation (GEE) statistical analysis was conducted to model predictors of pantry visit frequency. The median number of return visits in the 4 month period after a patient’s initial visit was 2 and the mean was 3.25 (SD 3.07). The GEE model showed that younger patients used the pantry less, immigrant patients used the pantry more (than US-born), and prostate cancer and Stage IV cancer patients used the pantry more. Future long-term larger scale studies are needed to further assess the utilization, as well as the impact of food assistance programs such as the this one, on nutritional outcomes, cancer outcomes, comorbidities, and quality of life. Cancer patients most at risk should be taken into particular consideration. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Keywords: cancer patients; low-income; food assistance programs; food pantries
Journal Title: Journal of Community Health
Volume: 40
Issue: 6
ISSN: 0094-5145
Publisher: Springer  
Date Published: 2015-12-01
Start Page: 1193
End Page: 1200
Language: English
DOI: 10.1007/s10900-015-0048-7
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC4628580
PUBMED: 26070869
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Notes: Export Date: 2 December 2015 -- 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