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Long term condition management and food insecurity: A formative study exploring the lived experiences of people affected by both

People Involved

Doctor Chris Yuill c.yuill@rgu.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer

Project Description

Food insecurity is associated with an increased risk of a range of chronic health conditions such as cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. North American research has established that food insecure people with health problems find it more difficult to manage their condition than food secure groups.

Over 2 million people in Scotland are currently affected by a long-term health condition and in 2014 it was estimated that just over 10% of the UK population were living in food insecure households. UK studies have established that people suffering from a health condition are amongst the highest users of food banks in the UK.

This research built on pilot research that was conducted in 2016 which explored health professionals' views and experiences associated with supporting food-insecure patients with a long-term health condition in north east of Scotland.

This project aims to develop better understanding of lived experiences:

• How people manage their health problems while they are also living in food poverty.
• How they find talking to their health care team members about these challenges.
• What help they get or would wish to receive from a health care professional to enable them to achieve the best possible health.

Awarded as part of an internal competitive process

Status Project Complete
Funder(s) RGU Internal Funding
Value £11,341.00
Project Dates Nov 1, 2018 - Jul 31, 2019
Partner Organisations Community Foods Initiatives North East
Food Poverty Action Aberdeen Alliance

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