Results of the 2013 Screen and Intervene Pilot in two OHSU Clinics available soon.
Numerous health care organizations are quickly adopting screen and intervene to help prevent and address health problems in influx of new patients due to health care reform.
Get the screening and intervention tools (available in seven languages) and implementation assistance. Contact Lynn Knox, Screen & Intervene Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-548-7508.
CHC members publish study: find that nearly 90 percent of health care providers are willing to screen for food insecurity
CHC members Anne Hoisington, Dana Hargunani, Elizabeth Adams and Cheryl Alto co-authored a study with Oregon State University Professor Mark Braverman on the extent to which health care providers monitor food insecurity in households with children. The study, which analyzed responses from 186 providers, found that while most providers did not routinely inquire about food insecurity, nearly 90 percent indicated their willingness to use screening questions if provided.
The study found that the health care providers who do monitor for food insecurity likely had more years in practice. The study also looked at distinct barriers to providers asking patients about quality and the quantity of food accessible to them. Providers listed limited time in the clinical visit as the main barrier to inquiring about the nutritional quality of their patients' food. In contrast, however, the main barriers to inquiring about food sufficiency - whether everyone in the family has enough to eat - were discomfort in discussing food insecurity and inadequate knowledge about the topic. This underlines the challenges around discussing food sufficiency in the clinical setting and points to the need for providing information and resources on this topic to the health care community.