Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/595456
Title:
SEHB folic acid survey report
Authors:
Department of Public Health. South Eastern Health Board.
Publisher:
Department of Public Health Medicine, South Eastern Health Board
Issue Date:
1999
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/595456
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
In recent years research has shown that the risk of recurrence and first occurrence of neural tube defects (NTD) can be greatly reduced by increased intake of folic acid before pregnancy. In 1992, the Public Health Service in the United States recommended that all women who are capable of becoming pregnant should consume 400mcg of folic acid daily. Similar recommendations were made by the UK Department of Health.2 In 1993, the Irish Department of Health informed health boards and general practitioners of the importance of folic acid in the prevention of NTD; it also published leaflets for the public on folic acid including advice on food sources rich in folic acid. Since then, there has been concern that few women of childbearing age are aware of these recommendations. Studies in the United States and the UK4in the early 1990's showed low knowledge and uptake of folic acid peri-conceptually. A similar situation prevails in Ireland where studies 5,6,7 have shown peri-conceptual use of folic acid as low as 5%. These findings have led to debates in many countries including Ireland, on the merits of different methods to increase the peri-conceptual use of folic acid including mandatory fortification of staple foodstuffs with folic acid. This policy has been adopted by the United States.
Keywords:
PREGNANCY; PUBLIC HEALTH

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDepartment of Public Health. South Eastern Health Board.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-02T15:37:01Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-02T15:37:01Zen
dc.date.issued1999en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/595456en
dc.descriptionIn recent years research has shown that the risk of recurrence and first occurrence of neural tube defects (NTD) can be greatly reduced by increased intake of folic acid before pregnancy. In 1992, the Public Health Service in the United States recommended that all women who are capable of becoming pregnant should consume 400mcg of folic acid daily. Similar recommendations were made by the UK Department of Health.2 In 1993, the Irish Department of Health informed health boards and general practitioners of the importance of folic acid in the prevention of NTD; it also published leaflets for the public on folic acid including advice on food sources rich in folic acid. Since then, there has been concern that few women of childbearing age are aware of these recommendations. Studies in the United States and the UK4in the early 1990's showed low knowledge and uptake of folic acid peri-conceptually. A similar situation prevails in Ireland where studies 5,6,7 have shown peri-conceptual use of folic acid as low as 5%. These findings have led to debates in many countries including Ireland, on the merits of different methods to increase the peri-conceptual use of folic acid including mandatory fortification of staple foodstuffs with folic acid. This policy has been adopted by the United States.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherDepartment of Public Health Medicine, South Eastern Health Boarden
dc.subjectPREGNANCYen
dc.subjectPUBLIC HEALTHen
dc.titleSEHB folic acid survey reporten
dc.typeReporten
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