To establish the issues healthcare providers may face in encountering pediatric food insecurity, and to identify emerging practices clinicians may utilize when faced with a pediatric patient experiencing food insecurity.
Healthcare clinicians who provide care for children* who may experience food insecurity, where children* are defined as being 18 years old or less.
Scoping review - exploring how healthcare providers (i.e. nurses, physicians, nutritionists, etc.) who are directly involved in the care of pediatric patients address or encounter pediatric food insecurity within their scope of practice and what associated barriers are identified in extant literature.
Pediatric food insecurity is estimated to impact a significant percentage of children worldwide. Children affected by individual or household food insecurity are at increased risk for many adverse health outcomes. Healthcare workers who provide medical care for children are in a unique position to help address and reduce the burden associated with pediatric food insecurity.