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Research Letter
September 9, 2019

Association of Food Insecurity and Acute Health Care Utilization in Children With End-Stage Kidney Disease

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Department of Pediatrics, Indiana University, Indianapolis
  • 2Division of Nephrology, Department of Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Washington
  • 3University of Washington, Seattle
  • 4Department of Hematology and Oncology, University of Washington, Seattle
JAMA Pediatr. Published online September 9, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.3086

Food insecurity, defined as uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate food, is a common and essential social determinant of health found in more than 20% of US households.1 Pediatric food insecurity is more common in children with chronic medical conditions and is associated with worse outcomes and increased health care costs.2 Dialysis places significant burden on families, but little is known about food insecurity in this population.3

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