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Folic acid supplement use in the prevention of neural tube defects.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21387878     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In 2008, planned folic acid fortification for the prevention of Neural Tube Defects (NTD) was postponed. Concurrently, the economic recession may have affected dietary folic acid intake, placing increased emphasis on supplement use. This study examined folic acid supplement use in 2009. A cross-sectional survey of 300 ante-natal women was undertaken to assess folic acid knowledge and use. Associations between demographic, obstetric variables and folic acid knowledge and use were examined. A majority, 284/297 (96%), had heard of folic acid, and 178/297 (60%) knew that it could prevent NTD. Most, 270/297 (91%) had taken it during their pregnancy, but only 107/297 (36%) had used it periconceptionally. Being older, married, planned pregnancy and better socioeconomic status were associated with periconceptional use. Periconceptional folic acid use in 2009 was very low, little changed from economic status were associated with periconceptional use. Periconceptional folic acid use in 2009 was very low, little changed from earlier years. Continuous promotion efforts are necessary. Close monitoring of folic acid intake and NTD rates is essential, particularly in the absence of fortification.
C Delany; R McDonnell; M Robson; S Corcoran; C Fitzpatrick; D De La Harpe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish medical journal     Volume:  104     ISSN:  0332-3102     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir Med J     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-10     Completed Date:  2011-04-07     Revised Date:  2014-06-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0430275     Medline TA:  Ir Med J     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  12-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Dietary Supplements*
Folic Acid / administration & dosage*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Neural Tube Defects / prevention & control*
Socioeconomic Factors
Vitamin B Complex / administration & dosage*
Reg. No./Substance:
12001-76-2/Vitamin B Complex; 935E97BOY8/Folic Acid
Comment In:
Midwives. 2011;14(3):22   [PMID:  24893461 ]

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