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Pregnant women's beliefs about medications--a study among 866 Norwegian women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20736425     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: Beliefs about medication may impact a woman's decision to take a needed medication during pregnancy. While many women will be faced with decisions regarding medication use during pregnancy, there is a paucity of research on this topic in the literature.
OBJECTIVE: To study pregnant women's beliefs about medication and factors that determine those beliefs.
METHODS: A questionnaire was posted at the University of Oslo's Web site for Internet surveys for 5 weeks from mid-September 2008 through October 2008. Seven general statements from the "Beliefs about Medicines" questionnaire and 9 pregnancy-specific statements were used to assess pregnant women's attitudes toward medication use during pregnancy. Other information, such as sociodemographic background and personal medication use during pregnancy, was also collected.
RESULTS: A total of 866 pregnant women completed the questionnaire. Most women had a positive attitude toward medication in general, but believed pregnant women should be more restrictive regarding use than nonpregnant women. There was a significant association between women's education, occupation, and attitudes, with less educated women believing that medications in general were harmful and herbal remedies were safe, while women with a higher education were more reluctant to use any medication in pregnancy. Women with health-related occupations were more knowledgeable about the possible risks of untreated illness during pregnancy. There was also an association between pregnant women's attitudes and their use of prescribed penicillins and herbal remedies.
CONCLUSIONS: Most pregnant women believe that medicines in general are helpful and safe to use. However, they are much more restrictive and unsure about use during pregnancy. Health-care professionals should be aware of such attitudes when advising a woman to take a needed medication during pregnancy.
Authors:
Hedvig Nordeng; Gideon Koren; Adrienne Einarson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article     Date:  2010-08-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of pharmacotherapy     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1542-6270     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Pharmacother     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-26     Completed Date:  2010-12-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9203131     Medline TA:  Ann Pharmacother     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1478-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of Oslo, Norway. h.m.e.nordeng@farmasi.uio.no
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Culture*
Educational Status
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Humans
Internet
Maternal Exposure / adverse effects
Norway
Pharmaceutical Preparations / administration & dosage,  adverse effects
Pregnancy
Pregnancy Complications / chemically induced,  psychology*
Pregnant Women / psychology*
Questionnaires
Risk Assessment
Socioeconomic Factors
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Pharmaceutical Preparations

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