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Knowledge, use, and education regarding folic acid supplementation: continuation study of women in Colorado who had a pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect.
Teratology. 2002; 66 Suppl 1:S29-31.T

Abstract

BACKGROUND

This study was conducted to: (1) determine whether women who have had a neural tube defect (NTD) affected pregnancy know about recommendations for NTD recurrence prevention; (2) educate them about the recommendations; and (3) ensure that they have access to folic acid prior to another pregnancy.

METHODS

Colorado women who had an NTD affected pregnancy in 1999 or later were interviewed about their knowledge and use of folic acid, provided with verbal information about folic acid and NTD prevention, and offered written information and a voucher for free folic acid.

RESULTS

Thirty-two of 68 women who had an NTD affected pregnancy were interviewed. Of these, 22 (69%) were aware of the 0.4 mg. folic acid recommendation for women of child bearing age who have not had an NTD affected pregnancy (MMWR, '91). Only 15 (47%) of the women knew about the U.S. Public Health Service recommendation (MMWR, '92) to consume 4.0 mg of folic acid prior to another pregnancy for NTD recurrence prevention. Twenty-five (78%) of the women reported taking a multivitamin or folic acid daily.

CONCLUSIONS

Nine years after national folic acid recommendations, a majority of interviewed women (53%) with NTD affected pregnancies did not know about the recommendation to consume 4.0 mg of folic acid for NTD recurrence prevention. This sample of women are receptive to information about folic acid. Health care providers and public health officials should ensure that education about folic acid is provided in an effective and timely manner to women with NTD-affected pregnancies.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Colorado Responds to Children with Special Needs, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver, CO 80246, USA. Janice.rinsky@state.co.usNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12239741

Citation

Rinsky-Eng, Janice, and Lisa Miller. "Knowledge, Use, and Education Regarding Folic Acid Supplementation: Continuation Study of Women in Colorado Who Had a Pregnancy Affected By a Neural Tube Defect." Teratology, vol. 66 Suppl 1, 2002, pp. S29-31.
Rinsky-Eng J, Miller L. Knowledge, use, and education regarding folic acid supplementation: continuation study of women in Colorado who had a pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect. Teratology. 2002;66 Suppl 1:S29-31.
Rinsky-Eng, J., & Miller, L. (2002). Knowledge, use, and education regarding folic acid supplementation: continuation study of women in Colorado who had a pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect. Teratology, 66 Suppl 1, S29-31.
Rinsky-Eng J, Miller L. Knowledge, Use, and Education Regarding Folic Acid Supplementation: Continuation Study of Women in Colorado Who Had a Pregnancy Affected By a Neural Tube Defect. Teratology. 2002;66 Suppl 1:S29-31. PubMed PMID: 12239741.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Knowledge, use, and education regarding folic acid supplementation: continuation study of women in Colorado who had a pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect. AU - Rinsky-Eng,Janice, AU - Miller,Lisa, PY - 2002/9/20/pubmed PY - 2003/3/28/medline PY - 2002/9/20/entrez SP - S29 EP - 31 JF - Teratology JO - Teratology VL - 66 Suppl 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to: (1) determine whether women who have had a neural tube defect (NTD) affected pregnancy know about recommendations for NTD recurrence prevention; (2) educate them about the recommendations; and (3) ensure that they have access to folic acid prior to another pregnancy. METHODS: Colorado women who had an NTD affected pregnancy in 1999 or later were interviewed about their knowledge and use of folic acid, provided with verbal information about folic acid and NTD prevention, and offered written information and a voucher for free folic acid. RESULTS: Thirty-two of 68 women who had an NTD affected pregnancy were interviewed. Of these, 22 (69%) were aware of the 0.4 mg. folic acid recommendation for women of child bearing age who have not had an NTD affected pregnancy (MMWR, '91). Only 15 (47%) of the women knew about the U.S. Public Health Service recommendation (MMWR, '92) to consume 4.0 mg of folic acid prior to another pregnancy for NTD recurrence prevention. Twenty-five (78%) of the women reported taking a multivitamin or folic acid daily. CONCLUSIONS: Nine years after national folic acid recommendations, a majority of interviewed women (53%) with NTD affected pregnancies did not know about the recommendation to consume 4.0 mg of folic acid for NTD recurrence prevention. This sample of women are receptive to information about folic acid. Health care providers and public health officials should ensure that education about folic acid is provided in an effective and timely manner to women with NTD-affected pregnancies. SN - 0040-3709 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12239741/Knowledge_use_and_education_regarding_folic_acid_supplementation:_continuation_study_of_women_in_Colorado_who_had_a_pregnancy_affected_by_a_neural_tube_defect_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/tera.90007 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -