Context. - Although clinical observations suggest that some patients experience hunger and food insecurity, there are limited data on the prevalence of hunger in adult patients.
- To determine the prevalence of hunger and food insecurity in adult patients at an urban county hospital.
Cross-sectional survey conducted in 1997.
- The primary survey included all patients aged 18 years or older who were admitted to the medicine, surgery, and neurology services during a 2-week period, and an patients who attended the hospital's general medicine clinic during 1 week.
A second survey included primary care patients who received insulin from the hospital pharmacy during a 1-month period.
- Rates of hunger and food insecurity.
- Of 709 eligible patients, 567 (participation rate, 80%) were interviewed in either the clinic (n=281) or hospital (n=286).
An additional 170 patients who received insulin were interviewed by telephone (response rate, 75%). Of the primary sample 68 (12%) respondents reported not having enough food, 75 (13%) reported not eating for an entire day, and 77 (14%) reported going hungry but not eating because they could not afford food.
A total of 222 (40%) had received food stamps in the previous year and of those, 113 (50%) had their food stamps reduced or eliminated. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Faim, Prévalence, Etude transversale, Enquête publique, Zone urbaine, Etiologie, Adulte, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Métabolisme pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hunger, Prevalence, Cross sectional study, Public inquiry, Urban area, Etiology, Adult, Human, United States, North America, America, Metabolic diseases
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0230130
Code Inist : 002B30A03C. Création : 11/09/1998.