by Fred N. Pelzman, MD: For More Info, Go Here…
Food insecurity needs more attention from clinicians.
“Take your medicine twice daily with food,”
When our patients don’t have enough to eat, how do these instructions affect them?
It turned out that quite often, when we told our patients to take medications with food, if they had no access to food, they would skip the medication, despite this not being the intended result.
One large practice at our institution, using money from a grant to address problems related to social determinants of health, has been working aggressively to ask patients these questions about food during their intake to the visit, because this information, while critical to the health of our patients, is often neglected among all of the other things we have to work to figure out.