Provider Communication and Role Modeling Related to Patients' Perceptions and Use of a Federally Qualified Health Center-based Farmers' Market
Published Date:Aug 28 2013
Source:Health Promot Pract. 15(2):288-297.
Aged, 80 And Over
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Federally Qualified Health Center
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Pubmed Central ID:PMC3871943
Funding:K05 CA136975/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
U48 DP001936/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
Description:Farmers' markets have the potential to improve the health of underserved communities, shape people's perceptions, values, and behaviors about healthy eating, and serve as a social space for both community members and vendors. This study explored the influence of health care provider communication and role modeling for diabetic patients within the context of a farmers' market located at a federally qualified health center. Although provider communication about diet decreased over time, communication strategies included: providing patients with "prescriptions" and vouchers for market purchases; educating patients about diet; and modeling healthy purchases. Data from patient interviews and provider surveys revealed that patients enjoyed social aspects of the market including interactions with their health care provider, and providers distributed prescriptions and vouchers to patients, shopped at the market, and believed that the market had potential to improve the health of staff and patients of the federally qualified health center. Provider modeling of healthy behaviors may influence patients' food-related perceptions and dietary behaviors.
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