Hospital superusers often lack access to healthy food

Patients who are frequently hospitalized may also be hungry, according to a new study published in the journal Population Health Management. The research focused on 40 superusers who had more than three inpatient admissions within a 12-month period. More than half reported using food pantries or other community food resources. Forty percent told researchers they were worried their food would run out, 35 percent had concerns their food wouldn't last long enough and more than 17 percent had not eaten for a full day. As a first step to address this issue, researchers suggest clinicians ask patients whether they have enough healthy food to eat. They then can educate and connect patients to community resources. Study abstract

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