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Awareness of the benefits of folic acid and prevalence of the use of folic acid supplements to prevent neural tube defects among Thai women.
Arch Gynecol Obstet 2007; 276(1):53-7AG

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To determine the level of knowledge about the usefulness of periconceptional folic acid supplementation among pregnant women.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

An anonymous questionnaire was completed by selected subjects to assess folic acid awareness. The questionnaire was administered to pregnant women who were seeking antenatal care at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital May to December 2005. The questions covered their knowledge and use of folic acid supplements, pregnancy intention, and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.

RESULTS

Out of 401 women surveyed, 76.1% of them reported that they had heard of folate. Of these, only 24.4% of the total subjects knew that folate was something important. Overall, 9.7% of the total women took folic acid during periconceptional period. The most common information sources on folate were the media. Logistic regression analysis showed that education of mother was the strongest predictor of having taken folic acid during the correct period.

CONCLUSION

Although some pregnant women are aware of the need to take folic acid, the actual impact of the present recommendations is almost negligible. Information to specifically inform patients about the need to take folic acid to prevent neural tube defects by medias and healthcare personnel seem to improve the final intake of folic acid during the protective period.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Rama IV Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17186253

Citation

Nawapun, Katika, and Vorapong Phupong. "Awareness of the Benefits of Folic Acid and Prevalence of the Use of Folic Acid Supplements to Prevent Neural Tube Defects Among Thai Women." Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, vol. 276, no. 1, 2007, pp. 53-7.
Nawapun K, Phupong V. Awareness of the benefits of folic acid and prevalence of the use of folic acid supplements to prevent neural tube defects among Thai women. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2007;276(1):53-7.
Nawapun, K., & Phupong, V. (2007). Awareness of the benefits of folic acid and prevalence of the use of folic acid supplements to prevent neural tube defects among Thai women. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 276(1), pp. 53-7.
Nawapun K, Phupong V. Awareness of the Benefits of Folic Acid and Prevalence of the Use of Folic Acid Supplements to Prevent Neural Tube Defects Among Thai Women. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2007;276(1):53-7. PubMed PMID: 17186253.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Awareness of the benefits of folic acid and prevalence of the use of folic acid supplements to prevent neural tube defects among Thai women. AU - Nawapun,Katika, AU - Phupong,Vorapong, Y1 - 2006/12/21/ PY - 2006/10/03/received PY - 2006/12/05/accepted PY - 2006/12/23/pubmed PY - 2007/12/7/medline PY - 2006/12/23/entrez SP - 53 EP - 7 JF - Archives of gynecology and obstetrics JO - Arch. Gynecol. Obstet. VL - 276 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To determine the level of knowledge about the usefulness of periconceptional folic acid supplementation among pregnant women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An anonymous questionnaire was completed by selected subjects to assess folic acid awareness. The questionnaire was administered to pregnant women who were seeking antenatal care at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital May to December 2005. The questions covered their knowledge and use of folic acid supplements, pregnancy intention, and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. RESULTS: Out of 401 women surveyed, 76.1% of them reported that they had heard of folate. Of these, only 24.4% of the total subjects knew that folate was something important. Overall, 9.7% of the total women took folic acid during periconceptional period. The most common information sources on folate were the media. Logistic regression analysis showed that education of mother was the strongest predictor of having taken folic acid during the correct period. CONCLUSION: Although some pregnant women are aware of the need to take folic acid, the actual impact of the present recommendations is almost negligible. Information to specifically inform patients about the need to take folic acid to prevent neural tube defects by medias and healthcare personnel seem to improve the final intake of folic acid during the protective period. SN - 0932-0067 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17186253/Awareness_of_the_benefits_of_folic_acid_and_prevalence_of_the_use_of_folic_acid_supplements_to_prevent_neural_tube_defects_among_Thai_women_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00404-006-0305-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -