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Caregiver perceptions of a fruit and vegetable prescription programme for low-income paediatric patients.
Public Health Nutr. 2018 09; 21(13):2497-2506.PH

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The physical and social environments that surround children should support good health. However, challenges with food security and access prevent many children from consuming a healthy diet, which is critical to proper growth and development. The present study sought to gain a better understanding of primary care initiatives to address these issues in a low-income setting.

DESIGN

Following the relocation of a paediatric clinic to a farmers' market building and the implementation of a fruit and vegetable prescription programme, researchers conducted thirty-two semi-structured interviews with caregivers. Researchers elicited caregivers' perceptions of clinic co-location with the farmers' market; experiences with the prescription programme; opinions of the farmers' market; and perceived impact on child consumption of fresh produce. Interview recordings were transcribed for textual analysis. Using thematic analysis, researchers examined qualitative data to identify patterns across transcripts and formulate emerging themes. Researchers concluded when data saturation was reached.

SETTING

Flint, Michigan, USA.

SUBJECTS

The majority of participants were female (91 %) and African American (53 %).

RESULTS

Four recurrent themes emerged during interviews: (i) convenience of relocation; (ii) attitude towards prescription programme; (iii) challenges with implementation; and (iv) perceived impact of combined interventions. Caregivers indicated that the co-location and prescription programme increased family shopping at the farmers' market, improved access to high-quality produce and improved food security.

CONCLUSIONS

A fruit and vegetable prescription programme involving a partnership between a farmers' market and paediatric clinic was perceived as effective in improving food security, food access and child consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Authors+Show Affiliations

1Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition,Michigan State University,Pediatric Public Health Initiative,200 E 1st Street,Flint,MI 48502,USA.2Human Development & Family Studies,Couple and Family Therapy,Michigan State University,East Lansing,MI,USA.3Department of Pediatrics & Human Development,Michigan State University College of Human Medicine,Flint,MI,USA.5Pediatric Residency Program,Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University,Providence,RI,USA.3Department of Pediatrics & Human Development,Michigan State University College of Human Medicine,Flint,MI,USA.7Hurley Research Center,Hurley Medical Center,Flint,MI,USA.7Hurley Research Center,Hurley Medical Center,Flint,MI,USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29667562

Citation

Saxe-Custack, Amy, et al. "Caregiver Perceptions of a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Programme for Low-income Paediatric Patients." Public Health Nutrition, vol. 21, no. 13, 2018, pp. 2497-2506.
Saxe-Custack A, Lofton HC, Hanna-Attisha M, et al. Caregiver perceptions of a fruit and vegetable prescription programme for low-income paediatric patients. Public Health Nutr. 2018;21(13):2497-2506.
Saxe-Custack, A., Lofton, H. C., Hanna-Attisha, M., Victor, C., Reyes, G., Ceja, T., & LaChance, J. (2018). Caregiver perceptions of a fruit and vegetable prescription programme for low-income paediatric patients. Public Health Nutrition, 21(13), 2497-2506. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980018000964
Saxe-Custack A, et al. Caregiver Perceptions of a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Programme for Low-income Paediatric Patients. Public Health Nutr. 2018;21(13):2497-2506. PubMed PMID: 29667562.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Caregiver perceptions of a fruit and vegetable prescription programme for low-income paediatric patients. AU - Saxe-Custack,Amy, AU - Lofton,Heather Claire, AU - Hanna-Attisha,Mona, AU - Victor,Colleen, AU - Reyes,Gwendolyn, AU - Ceja,Tiffany, AU - LaChance,Jenny, Y1 - 2018/04/18/ PY - 2018/4/19/pubmed PY - 2019/10/16/medline PY - 2018/4/19/entrez KW - Children KW - Farmers’ market KW - Food access KW - Food security KW - Fruits and vegetables KW - Nutrition incentives KW - Prescription SP - 2497 EP - 2506 JF - Public health nutrition JO - Public Health Nutr VL - 21 IS - 13 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The physical and social environments that surround children should support good health. However, challenges with food security and access prevent many children from consuming a healthy diet, which is critical to proper growth and development. The present study sought to gain a better understanding of primary care initiatives to address these issues in a low-income setting. DESIGN: Following the relocation of a paediatric clinic to a farmers' market building and the implementation of a fruit and vegetable prescription programme, researchers conducted thirty-two semi-structured interviews with caregivers. Researchers elicited caregivers' perceptions of clinic co-location with the farmers' market; experiences with the prescription programme; opinions of the farmers' market; and perceived impact on child consumption of fresh produce. Interview recordings were transcribed for textual analysis. Using thematic analysis, researchers examined qualitative data to identify patterns across transcripts and formulate emerging themes. Researchers concluded when data saturation was reached. SETTING: Flint, Michigan, USA. SUBJECTS: The majority of participants were female (91 %) and African American (53 %). RESULTS: Four recurrent themes emerged during interviews: (i) convenience of relocation; (ii) attitude towards prescription programme; (iii) challenges with implementation; and (iv) perceived impact of combined interventions. Caregivers indicated that the co-location and prescription programme increased family shopping at the farmers' market, improved access to high-quality produce and improved food security. CONCLUSIONS: A fruit and vegetable prescription programme involving a partnership between a farmers' market and paediatric clinic was perceived as effective in improving food security, food access and child consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. SN - 1475-2727 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29667562/Caregiver_perceptions_of_a_fruit_and_vegetable_prescription_programme_for_low_income_paediatric_patients_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S1368980018000964/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -