Food Insecurity Linked to Medication Underuse
the MPR take:
According to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine, one in three adults in the U.S. with chronic illness have a difficult time paying for medication, food or both. Out of the 9696 people who participated in the 2011 National Health Interview Survey, 11% of participants reported they had a difficult time affording both food and medicine. Food insecurity was reported in 18.8% of people, while medication underuse due to cost issues was reported in 23.4%. Patients with chronic diseases who had food insecurity were also more likely to skip their medications than those who could afford food. While screening for food insecurity isn't typically done by clinicians, the study puts into focus the importance of food as a factor in chronic disease management.
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