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Maternal knowledge, attitude and practice on folic acid intake among Arabian Qatari women.
Reprod Toxicol 2006; 21(1):21-5RT

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Periconceptional folic acid supplementation is effective in preventing primary and secondary neural tube defects (NTDs) and other congenital defects. It is important to estimate folate intake and knowledge in women of child-bearing age, in relation to risk of congenital anomalies.

AIM

The aim of this study was to determine the level of knowledge about the usefulness of periconceptional folic acid supplementation in a sample of women in the child-bearing age.

DESIGN

This is a cross-sectional survey.

SETTING

Eleven primary health care centers and women's hospital in Qatar.

SUBJECTS

A multistage sampling design was used and a representative sample of 1,800 Qatari women aged between 18 and 45 years were surveyed during the period June to November 2004. One thousand four hundred and eighty women (82.2%) expressed their consent to participate in this study.

METHODS

A confidential, anonymous questionnaire was completed by the selected subjects assessing folic acid awareness. Questionnaires were administered to women who were seeking routine antenatal care at health centers and Women's Hospital. Questions covered knowledge and use of folic acid supplements, pregnancy intention, and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. Factors affecting study outcomes were examined individually by computing crude odd ratios and adjusted for other covariates using unconditional logistic regression.

RESULTS

Out of 1480 women surveyed, 53.7% of them reported that they heard of folate. Of these, only half of the subjects knew that folate was something important. Overall, 20.3% of the respondents took folic acid. The most common information sources on folate were physicians (63.4%), and newspapers/magazine/books (21.7%). From those who heard of folate, only 14% knew that it can prevent birth defects. 40.6% of the subjects who heard folate were aware that green leafy vegetables were fortified with folic acid. In univariate analysis, awareness of folic acid was significantly associated with education of mother. Again, higher educated women (41.3%) knew more about folic acid and used it more often in the periconceptional and first trimester period.

CONCLUSION

Awareness and use of folic acid was less prevalent among Qatari women. Educated women were aware of the importance of the intake of folic acid. The study findings suggested possible avenue for intervention to increase awareness and intake of folic acid.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Medical Statistics & Epidemiology, Hamad General Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation & University of Qatar, PO Box 3050, Doha, Qatar. abener@hmc.org.qaNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16112540

Citation

Bener, Abdulbari, et al. "Maternal Knowledge, Attitude and Practice On Folic Acid Intake Among Arabian Qatari Women." Reproductive Toxicology (Elmsford, N.Y.), vol. 21, no. 1, 2006, pp. 21-5.
Bener A, Al Maadid MG, Al-Bast DA, et al. Maternal knowledge, attitude and practice on folic acid intake among Arabian Qatari women. Reprod Toxicol. 2006;21(1):21-5.
Bener, A., Al Maadid, M. G., Al-Bast, D. A., & Al-Marri, S. (2006). Maternal knowledge, attitude and practice on folic acid intake among Arabian Qatari women. Reproductive Toxicology (Elmsford, N.Y.), 21(1), pp. 21-5.
Bener A, et al. Maternal Knowledge, Attitude and Practice On Folic Acid Intake Among Arabian Qatari Women. Reprod Toxicol. 2006;21(1):21-5. PubMed PMID: 16112540.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Maternal knowledge, attitude and practice on folic acid intake among Arabian Qatari women. AU - Bener,Abdulbari, AU - Al Maadid,Mohammed G A, AU - Al-Bast,Daoud A E, AU - Al-Marri,Saleh, Y1 - 2005/08/19/ PY - 2004/12/28/received PY - 2005/05/31/revised PY - 2005/07/06/accepted PY - 2005/8/23/pubmed PY - 2006/3/11/medline PY - 2005/8/23/entrez SP - 21 EP - 5 JF - Reproductive toxicology (Elmsford, N.Y.) JO - Reprod. Toxicol. VL - 21 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: Periconceptional folic acid supplementation is effective in preventing primary and secondary neural tube defects (NTDs) and other congenital defects. It is important to estimate folate intake and knowledge in women of child-bearing age, in relation to risk of congenital anomalies. AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the level of knowledge about the usefulness of periconceptional folic acid supplementation in a sample of women in the child-bearing age. DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional survey. SETTING: Eleven primary health care centers and women's hospital in Qatar. SUBJECTS: A multistage sampling design was used and a representative sample of 1,800 Qatari women aged between 18 and 45 years were surveyed during the period June to November 2004. One thousand four hundred and eighty women (82.2%) expressed their consent to participate in this study. METHODS: A confidential, anonymous questionnaire was completed by the selected subjects assessing folic acid awareness. Questionnaires were administered to women who were seeking routine antenatal care at health centers and Women's Hospital. Questions covered knowledge and use of folic acid supplements, pregnancy intention, and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. Factors affecting study outcomes were examined individually by computing crude odd ratios and adjusted for other covariates using unconditional logistic regression. RESULTS: Out of 1480 women surveyed, 53.7% of them reported that they heard of folate. Of these, only half of the subjects knew that folate was something important. Overall, 20.3% of the respondents took folic acid. The most common information sources on folate were physicians (63.4%), and newspapers/magazine/books (21.7%). From those who heard of folate, only 14% knew that it can prevent birth defects. 40.6% of the subjects who heard folate were aware that green leafy vegetables were fortified with folic acid. In univariate analysis, awareness of folic acid was significantly associated with education of mother. Again, higher educated women (41.3%) knew more about folic acid and used it more often in the periconceptional and first trimester period. CONCLUSION: Awareness and use of folic acid was less prevalent among Qatari women. Educated women were aware of the importance of the intake of folic acid. The study findings suggested possible avenue for intervention to increase awareness and intake of folic acid. SN - 0890-6238 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16112540/Maternal_knowledge_attitude_and_practice_on_folic_acid_intake_among_Arabian_Qatari_women_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0890-6238(05)00170-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -