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Food Insecurity Among Adults With Severe Mental Illness
Christina Mangurian, M.D.; Nina Sreshta, B.A.; Hilary Seligman, M.D., M.A.S.
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300022
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Dr. Mangurian and Dr. Seligman are affiliated with San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Mangurian is also with the Department of Psychiatry and Dr. Seligman is also with the Division of General Internal Medicine, both at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Ms. Sreshta is a student at the School of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. These findings were presented as a poster at the annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association, Philadelphia, May 5–9, 2012, and the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, October 27–31, 2012.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association

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To the Editor: In 2011, about one in six Americans was food insecure or lacking adequate financial access to food (1,2). Some studies suggest that rates of food insecurity are high in severely mentally ill populations (3), but its prevalence has not been widely studied. We sought to determine this prevalence and its association with use of psychiatric emergency services.

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