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Periconceptional folic acid supplementation in a nationally representative sample of mothers.
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PMID:  23008883     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
This study reports recent trends in periconceptional folic acid use in Ireland using archived data from Growing Up in Ireland--the National Longitudinal Study of Children. Of a sample of 10,891 mothers, 6,936 (64%) reported taking folic acid before conception and 10,157 (93%) reported taking folic acid during the first trimester of pregnancy. Younger (OR = 0.38, 95% CI = 0.29-0.50), lower income (OR = 0.59, 95% CI = 0.51-0.68), lower educated (OR = 0.77, 95% CI = 0.66-0.89), and single mothers (OR = 0.46, 95% Cl = 0.40-0.52) were less likely to have taken folic acid pre-conception. A similar pattern was found post-conception with younger (OR = 0.58, 95% Cl = 0.40-0.84), lower income (OR = 0.40, 95% Cl = 0.30-0.53), lower educated (OR = 0.50, 95% Cl = 0.38-0.66), and single mothers (OR = 0.74, 95% CI = 0.60-0.91) less likely to have taken folic acid post-conception. The findings highlight an ongoing need for targeted promotional campaigns to increase supplementation rates among younger and socially disadvantaged mothers.
S McNally; A Bourke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish medical journal     Volume:  105     ISSN:  0332-3102     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir Med J     Publication Date:    2012 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0430275     Medline TA:  Ir Med J     Country:  Ireland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  236-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Psychology, Trinity College, College Green, Dublin 2.
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