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[Awareness and knowledge of the use of folic acid in the prevention of neural tube defects: a survey of women living in Santiago, Chile].
Rev Med Chil. 2007 Dec; 135(12):1551-7.RM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Wheat flour in Chile is fortified with folie acid and pregnant women are also supplemented with the vitamin, but the population level of knowledge or awareness about this vitamin and its use by pregnant women is unknown.

AIM

To assess the level of knowledge that postpartum women from Santiago de Chile have about folic acid.

MATERIAL AND METHODS

A questionnaire about folic acid and its effects on the prevention of neural tube defects was developed adapting questionnaires designed abroad. It was applied by medical students to puerperal women, hospitalized in public hospitals.

RESULTS

The questionnaire was applied to 342 women aged 26 +/- 7 years. Sixty one percent were housewives and 55% completed high school education. Forty seven percent of these women had heard about folic acid, 9.6% knew that it was able to prevent congenital defects and only one received an adequate supplementation during pregnancy. Women aged 25 to 34 years and those with an adequate medical care during pregnancy had a significantly better knowledge about folic acid and its role in the prevention of congenital anomalies. The more common means to receive information about folic acid were midwives (34%), mass media (28%) and doctors (20%). Two hundred eleven women (62%) agreed to take folic acid in a future gestation and 58% preferred to do so using fortified foods.

CONCLUSIONS

Post partum women from Santiago have a poor knowledge about the relevance of folic acid supplementation.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Sección de Genética y Unidad de Cuidados Especiales Neonatales, Hospital Clínico Universidad de Chile, Chile. rpardo@redclinicauchile.clNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

English Abstract
Journal Article
Multicenter Study

Language

spa

PubMed ID

18357356

Citation

Pardo V, Rosa A., et al. "[Awareness and Knowledge of the Use of Folic Acid in the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: a Survey of Women Living in Santiago, Chile]." Revista Medica De Chile, vol. 135, no. 12, 2007, pp. 1551-7.
Pardo V RA, Lay-Son R G, Aranda Ch W, et al. [Awareness and knowledge of the use of folic acid in the prevention of neural tube defects: a survey of women living in Santiago, Chile]. Rev Med Chil. 2007;135(12):1551-7.
Pardo V, R. A., Lay-Son R, G., Aranda Ch, W., Dib M, M., Espina M, P., Muñoz K, M. J., Muñoz B, P., Navarrete C, M. F., Ojeda M, N. V., Parra, J., Rebolledo D, C. A., Recabal G, P., & Tenhamm T, T. (2007). [Awareness and knowledge of the use of folic acid in the prevention of neural tube defects: a survey of women living in Santiago, Chile]. Revista Medica De Chile, 135(12), 1551-7. https://doi.org//S0034-98872007001200008
Pardo V RA, et al. [Awareness and Knowledge of the Use of Folic Acid in the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: a Survey of Women Living in Santiago, Chile]. Rev Med Chil. 2007;135(12):1551-7. PubMed PMID: 18357356.
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TY - JOUR T1 - [Awareness and knowledge of the use of folic acid in the prevention of neural tube defects: a survey of women living in Santiago, Chile]. AU - Pardo V,Rosa A, AU - Lay-Son R,Guillermo, AU - Aranda Ch,Waldo, AU - Dib M,Martín, AU - Espina M,Pablo, AU - Muñoz K,María J, AU - Muñoz B,Pilar, AU - Navarrete C,María F, AU - Ojeda M,Natalia V, AU - Parra,Jorge, AU - Rebolledo D,Cristian A, AU - Recabal G,Pedro, AU - Tenhamm T,Tamara, Y1 - 2008/02/13/ PY - 2008/3/22/pubmed PY - 2008/6/18/medline PY - 2008/3/22/entrez SP - 1551 EP - 7 JF - Revista medica de Chile JO - Rev Med Chil VL - 135 IS - 12 N2 - BACKGROUND: Wheat flour in Chile is fortified with folie acid and pregnant women are also supplemented with the vitamin, but the population level of knowledge or awareness about this vitamin and its use by pregnant women is unknown. AIM: To assess the level of knowledge that postpartum women from Santiago de Chile have about folic acid. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A questionnaire about folic acid and its effects on the prevention of neural tube defects was developed adapting questionnaires designed abroad. It was applied by medical students to puerperal women, hospitalized in public hospitals. RESULTS: The questionnaire was applied to 342 women aged 26 +/- 7 years. Sixty one percent were housewives and 55% completed high school education. Forty seven percent of these women had heard about folic acid, 9.6% knew that it was able to prevent congenital defects and only one received an adequate supplementation during pregnancy. Women aged 25 to 34 years and those with an adequate medical care during pregnancy had a significantly better knowledge about folic acid and its role in the prevention of congenital anomalies. The more common means to receive information about folic acid were midwives (34%), mass media (28%) and doctors (20%). Two hundred eleven women (62%) agreed to take folic acid in a future gestation and 58% preferred to do so using fortified foods. CONCLUSIONS: Post partum women from Santiago have a poor knowledge about the relevance of folic acid supplementation. SN - 0034-9887 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18357356/[Awareness_and_knowledge_of_the_use_of_folic_acid_in_the_prevention_of_neural_tube_defects:_a_survey_of_women_living_in_Santiago_Chile]_ L2 - http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0034-98872007001200008&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -