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Awareness and use of folic acid among pregnant women in Taipei.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21056316     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Periconceptional use of folic acid may effectively reduce the risk of fetal neural tube defects. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the awareness and use of folic acid during periconceptional period in Taiwan.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed at Taiwan Adventist Hospital between March 2008 and December 2008. Data were obtained using a questionnaire from 275 women between 10-12 weeks of gestation.
RESULTS: About 90% of women reported having ever heard of folic acid, but only 15.6% of women used folic acid before their pregnancy. There was no significant relationship between awareness and use of folic acid and variant sociodemographic factors. Only 41% of women (78/191) understood the recommended dose of folic acid. About 86% of women (170/197) reported they could identify natural folate-rich food and most of them stated green leaf vegetables as the most important natural source of folic acid.
CONCLUSION: Only a small proportion of women have used folic acid before their pregnancies. A public health policy or strategy to increase the preconceptional use of folic acid is needed in Taiwan.
Hei-Jen Jou; I-Ping Hsu; Chieh-Yu Liu; Shih-Hsien Chung; Shih-Ming Chen; Meei-Ling Gau
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Taiwanese journal of obstetrics & gynecology     Volume:  49     ISSN:  1875-6263     ISO Abbreviation:  Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-08     Completed Date:  2011-02-24     Revised Date:  2012-09-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101213819     Medline TA:  Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  China    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  306-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 Taiwan Association of Obstetric & Gynecology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Taiwan Adventist Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Dietary Supplements
Folic Acid / therapeutic use*
Food Habits
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Hospitals, Community
Neural Tube Defects / prevention & control*
Nutrition Surveys
Prenatal Care / psychology*
Urban Population
Vitamin B Complex / therapeutic use*
Reg. No./Substance:
12001-76-2/Vitamin B Complex; 59-30-3/Folic Acid
Comment In:
Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Jun;51(2):319-21; author reply 322-3   [PMID:  22795122 ]

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