When food isn't medicine - A challenge for physicians and health systems

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Abstract

Food can be powerful medicine. Good nutrition helps promote health and prevent and treat disease. Yet nutrition is not often part of a physician's training or clinical practice. Food might not be medicine when it's importance is under-recognized and healthful eating is under-prescribed. Moreover, food cannot be medicine when it is not available to patients (or when available only in the form of unhealthful fare). This paper considers evolving thinking about when food isn't medicine by chronicling the experience of one physician—from college coursework to providing patient care and conducting research. The paper is framed around the experience of a representative patient struggling with diet-related chronic conditions, and describes some community-focused initiatives to help address issues related to food access in challenged communities. A principal focus is the over-abundance of foods from ‘plants’ (the industrial processing kind) and the low availability of food from ‘plants’ (the living botanical kind). Physicians and health systems can support access to healthier food and healthier eating, and the idea of food as medicine, through a variety of approaches that extend beyond hospital and clinic walls. Examples of such physician and health-system approaches are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-65
Number of pages4
JournalPreventive Medicine Reports
Volume10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Accountable care organizations
  • Community health
  • Food
  • Health systems
  • Hospitals
  • Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Physicians
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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When food isn't medicine - A challenge for physicians and health systems. / Lucan, Sean C.

In: Preventive Medicine Reports, Vol. 10, 01.06.2018, p. 62-65.

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