Folic acid knowledge and use among expectant mothers in 1997: a comparison with 1996.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/324034
Title:
Folic acid knowledge and use among expectant mothers in 1997: a comparison with 1996.
Authors:
McDonnell, R; Johnson, Z; Doyle, A; Sayers, G
Affiliation:
Health Information Unit Eastern Health Board, Dr. Steeven's Hospital, Dublin. bmcdonnell@ehbhiu.iol.ie
Citation:
McDonnell R et al. Folic acid knowledge and use among expectant mothers in 1997: a comparison with 1996. Ir Med J. 1999, 92 (3):296-9
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
Apr-1999
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/324034
PubMed ID:
10394755
Additional Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10394755
Abstract:
This study examined changes in folic acid knowledge and use among antenatal women in Dublin maternity hospitals between 1996 and 1997, following a campaign to improve the very low uptake of peri-conceptional folic acid. The results showed significant improvements between the two years. Almost 76% of respondents had heard of folic acid in 1997 compared with 54% in 1996 (p < 0.01), with a shift in the proportion of people hearing of folic acid from hospital doctors to general practitioners (GP). Almost 43% of respondents in 1997 knew that folic acid can prevent spina bifida compared with 21% in 1996 (p < 0.01). A higher proportion was taking folic acid prior to conception in 1997 (16% vs 6%, p < 0.01). We conclude that the improvements may have been in part due to the promotional campaign among health professionals, women's groups and the media. However, less than a fifth of women were taking folic acid peri-conceptionally in 1997 and there is still scope for much improvement.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This study examined changes in folic acid knowledge and use among antenatal women in Dublin maternity hospitals between 1996 and 1997, following a campaign to improve the very low uptake of peri-conceptional folic acid. The results showed significant improvements between the two years. Almost 76% of respondents had heard of folic acid in 1997 compared with 54% in 1996 (p < 0.01), with a shift in the proportion of people hearing of folic acid from hospital doctors to general practitioners (GP). Almost 43% of respondents in 1997 knew that folic acid can prevent spina bifida compared with 21% in 1996 (p < 0.01). A higher proportion was taking folic acid prior to conception in 1997 (16% vs 6%, p < 0.01). We conclude that the improvements may have been in part due to the promotional campaign among health professionals, women's groups and the media. However, less than a fifth of women were taking folic acid peri-conceptionally in 1997 and there is still scope for much improvement.
Keywords:
FOLIC ACID; PREGNANCY
MeSH:
Adult; Demography; Female; Folic Acid; Humans; Ireland; Marital Status; Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hospital; Parity; Pregnancy; Pregnancy Complications; Prenatal Care
ISSN:
0332-3102

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMcDonnell, Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Zen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDoyle, Aen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSayers, Gen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-31T08:33:43Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-31T08:33:43Z-
dc.date.issued1999-04-
dc.identifier.citationMcDonnell R et al. Folic acid knowledge and use among expectant mothers in 1997: a comparison with 1996. Ir Med J. 1999, 92 (3):296-9en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102-
dc.identifier.pmid10394755-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/324034-
dc.descriptionThis study examined changes in folic acid knowledge and use among antenatal women in Dublin maternity hospitals between 1996 and 1997, following a campaign to improve the very low uptake of peri-conceptional folic acid. The results showed significant improvements between the two years. Almost 76% of respondents had heard of folic acid in 1997 compared with 54% in 1996 (p < 0.01), with a shift in the proportion of people hearing of folic acid from hospital doctors to general practitioners (GP). Almost 43% of respondents in 1997 knew that folic acid can prevent spina bifida compared with 21% in 1996 (p < 0.01). A higher proportion was taking folic acid prior to conception in 1997 (16% vs 6%, p < 0.01). We conclude that the improvements may have been in part due to the promotional campaign among health professionals, women's groups and the media. However, less than a fifth of women were taking folic acid peri-conceptionally in 1997 and there is still scope for much improvement.en_GB
dc.description.abstractThis study examined changes in folic acid knowledge and use among antenatal women in Dublin maternity hospitals between 1996 and 1997, following a campaign to improve the very low uptake of peri-conceptional folic acid. The results showed significant improvements between the two years. Almost 76% of respondents had heard of folic acid in 1997 compared with 54% in 1996 (p < 0.01), with a shift in the proportion of people hearing of folic acid from hospital doctors to general practitioners (GP). Almost 43% of respondents in 1997 knew that folic acid can prevent spina bifida compared with 21% in 1996 (p < 0.01). A higher proportion was taking folic acid prior to conception in 1997 (16% vs 6%, p < 0.01). We conclude that the improvements may have been in part due to the promotional campaign among health professionals, women's groups and the media. However, less than a fifth of women were taking folic acid peri-conceptionally in 1997 and there is still scope for much improvement.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10394755en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Irish medical journalen_GB
dc.subjectFOLIC ACIDen_GB
dc.subjectPREGNANCYen_GB
dc.subject.meshAdult-
dc.subject.meshDemography-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshFolic Acid-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMarital Status-
dc.subject.meshObstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hospital-
dc.subject.meshParity-
dc.subject.meshPregnancy-
dc.subject.meshPregnancy Complications-
dc.subject.meshPrenatal Care-
dc.titleFolic acid knowledge and use among expectant mothers in 1997: a comparison with 1996.en_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentHealth Information Unit Eastern Health Board, Dr. Steeven's Hospital, Dublin. bmcdonnell@ehbhiu.iol.ieen_GB
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen_GB

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