Perceptions of female nursing students regarding folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects: A qualitative study / [Thesis]

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/603471
Title:
Perceptions of female nursing students regarding folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects: A qualitative study / [Thesis]
Authors:
Rigney, Sara
Is Part Of:
This dissertation is submitted in part fulfilment of the MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion
Issue Date:
Oct-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/603471
Item Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Description:
ABSTRACT Background Neural tube defects are congenital malformations caused by incomplete closure of the neural tube and represent a significant public health problem. Periconceptional folic acid (F.A.) supplementation reduces the risk of neural tube defects. International research has demonstrated low rates of periconceptional F.A. supplement use. Little data exist on rates of F.A. use and perceptions of F.A. use among Welsh women. Objective To explore the views of female nursing students regarding F.A. supplementation for the prevention of N.T.D. and to explore factors affecting supplement use. Methods Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were conducted in June 2009 with a convenience sample of six female nursing students of reproductive age in a Welsh University. Ethical approval was obtained, and data analysis was conducted using thematic qualitative analysis. Results All women were aware of F.A. for pregnancy, though their knowledge regarding its role and the recommendations for supplement use was limited. None of the women were using F.A., and women with a history of unplanned pregnancy often introduced F.A. too late Knowledge regarding food sources of F.A. was also limited. Principal sources of advice and information on F.A. were healthcare professionals, media and family/ friends. Barriers to supplement use included safety and efficacy concerns, low perceived pregnancy risk, and the misconception that diet provides adequate F.A. Conclusion This preliminary study has provided valuable insight into this issue but further qualitative research is needed to explore in more detail women’s perceptions regarding F.A. supplementation. The role of the healthcare professional in providing health education on F.A. may be underutilised.
Keywords:
NURSE; STUDENT; NEURAL TUBE DEFECTS; PSYCHOLOGICAL DETERMINANT
Local subject classification:
FOLIC ACID

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dc.contributor.authorRigney, Saraen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-22T10:01:39Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-22T10:01:39Zen
dc.date.issued2009-10en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/603471en
dc.descriptionABSTRACT Background Neural tube defects are congenital malformations caused by incomplete closure of the neural tube and represent a significant public health problem. Periconceptional folic acid (F.A.) supplementation reduces the risk of neural tube defects. International research has demonstrated low rates of periconceptional F.A. supplement use. Little data exist on rates of F.A. use and perceptions of F.A. use among Welsh women. Objective To explore the views of female nursing students regarding F.A. supplementation for the prevention of N.T.D. and to explore factors affecting supplement use. Methods Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were conducted in June 2009 with a convenience sample of six female nursing students of reproductive age in a Welsh University. Ethical approval was obtained, and data analysis was conducted using thematic qualitative analysis. Results All women were aware of F.A. for pregnancy, though their knowledge regarding its role and the recommendations for supplement use was limited. None of the women were using F.A., and women with a history of unplanned pregnancy often introduced F.A. too late Knowledge regarding food sources of F.A. was also limited. Principal sources of advice and information on F.A. were healthcare professionals, media and family/ friends. Barriers to supplement use included safety and efficacy concerns, low perceived pregnancy risk, and the misconception that diet provides adequate F.A. Conclusion This preliminary study has provided valuable insight into this issue but further qualitative research is needed to explore in more detail women’s perceptions regarding F.A. supplementation. The role of the healthcare professional in providing health education on F.A. may be underutilised.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofThis dissertation is submitted in part fulfilment of the MSc in Public Health and Health Promotionen
dc.subjectNURSEen
dc.subjectSTUDENTen
dc.subjectNEURAL TUBE DEFECTSen
dc.subjectPSYCHOLOGICAL DETERMINANTen
dc.subject.otherFOLIC ACIDen
dc.titlePerceptions of female nursing students regarding folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects: A qualitative study / [Thesis]en
dc.typeThesisen
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