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Folic acid supplementation in pregnant women.
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PMID:  20175948     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Folic acid (FA) deficiency is associated with neural tube defects (NTD). In a non-risk pregnancy, The Danish National Board of Health recommends FA supplementation from planned pregnancy until three months after conception. We explored pregnant women's knowledge about and actual supplementation with FA and related this to education, number of pregnancies and age. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Eighty-four consecutive pregnant women with a midwife consultation were included in the period 25-28 August 2008. All filled in a unified questionnaire. RESULTS: 82% had knowledge of FA supplementation and 89% received FA supplementation. 51% followed national recommendations. We found a statistically significant correlation between higher educational level and knowledge about FA supplementation, actual supplementation of FA and FA supplementation in accordance with national recommendations. No statistical associations were found between number of pregnancies or age and any FA-related parameters. Family, friends, general practitioner (GP) and the internet were the main information sources. CONCLUSION: Correct FA supplementation is quite low; conversely, knowledge about and actual FA supplementation are fairly high. Further intervention is necessary to increase the level of correct FA supplementation. Women with a low educational level--which may herald low socio-economic status--seem to form a suitable target group for information campaigns. Multiple pregnancies or higher age should not be perceived as indicators of a higher information level. Dissemination of information to the pregnant women including family, friends, GPs or the internet is recommended.
Mikkel Mylius Rasmussen; Dorte Clemmensen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Danish medical bulletin     Volume:  57     ISSN:  1603-9629     ISO Abbreviation:  Dan Med Bull     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-23     Completed Date:  2010-07-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0066040     Medline TA:  Dan Med Bull     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  A4134     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, Aalborg Hospital, Aarhus University, DK-9100 Aalborg, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Dietary Supplements*
Folic Acid / therapeutic use*
Folic Acid Deficiency / complications,  prevention & control,  psychology*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Medication Adherence*
Odds Ratio
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
59-30-3/Folic Acid
Republished in:
Ugeskr Laeger. 2010 Feb 22;172(8):613   [PMID:  20383911 ]

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