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Periconceptional use of folic acid in Shanxi Province of northern China.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17411467     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To understand the periconceptional use of folic acid and its association with selected characteristics in northern China. DESIGN: As part of a population-based case-control study on external structural birth defects, we analysed periconceptional use of folic acid among control mothers. SETTING: The study was conducted in four counties (Pingding, Xiyang, Taigu and Zezhou) in Shanxi Province of northern China. SUBJECTS: The subjects in this study were the control mothers, who were interviewed between January 2003 and May 2005. RESULTS: Of the 480 respondent mothers, 49 women (10.2%) reported ever using folic acid supplements, and only 16 women (3.3%) used it periconceptionally. The rates of any use and periconceptional use did not change significantly with study year. Periconceptional use of folic acid was significantly increased among women with more than high school education (odds ratio (OR) = 4.57, P < 0.10), women who were not farmers (OR = 4.72, P < 0.05), women with a history of birth-defect-affected pregnancy (OR = 32.73, P < 0.05) and women who planned their pregnancy (OR = 7.88, P < 0.10). CONCLUSION: The rate of periconceptional folic acid use was among the lowest of those reported from other countries. More work should be done to improve preconceptional use of folic acid with special attention on less educated women and women farmers.
Zhiwen Li; Aiguo Ren; Le Zhang; Jianmeng Liu; Zhu Li
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1368-9800     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-06     Completed Date:  2007-06-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  471-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Reproductive and Child Health, Peking University Health Science Center, 38 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100083, People's Republic of China.
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MeSH Terms
Case-Control Studies
China / epidemiology
Dietary Supplements
Educational Status
Folic Acid / administration & dosage*
Health Education / organization & administration*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Promotion
Neural Tube Defects / epidemiology,  prevention & control*,  psychology
Odds Ratio
Preconception Care / statistics & numerical data*
Reg. No./Substance:
59-30-3/Folic Acid

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