• Journal Article

The role of healthcare providers and caregivers in educating older adults about foodborne illness prevention

Citation

Wohlgenant, K., Cates, S., Godwin, S. L., & Speller-Henderson, L. (2012). The role of healthcare providers and caregivers in educating older adults about foodborne illness prevention. Educational Gerontology, 38(11), 753-762. DOI: 10.1080/03601277.2011.645429

Abstract

Adults aged 60 or older are more likely than younger adults to experience severe complications or even death as a result of foodborne infections. This study investigated which specific groups of healthcare providers or other caregivers are most receptive to providing food safety information to older adults. Telephone-based focus groups were conducted with health care providers and caregivers to determine their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding foodborne illness prevention for older adults. Focus groups identified a gap between older adults’ trust in healthcare providers as a credible source of food safety information and healthcare providers’ lack of training, knowledge, and willingness to provide food safety information to older adults.