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dc.contributor.authorDepartment of Public Health Medicine. South Eastern Health Board (SEHB).
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-06T15:05:24Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-06T15:05:24Zen
dc.date.issued1999-01en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/592997en
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 States1 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 States3 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.publisherPublic Healthen
dc.subjectPREGNANCYen
dc.subjectWOMEN'S HEALTHen
dc.subjectFOLIC ACIDen
dc.subject.otherPUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTen
dc.subject.otherHEALTH IMPROVEMENTen
dc.titleSEHB folic acid survey reporten
dc.typeReporten
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-27T11:34:15Z


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