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Knowledge and practice of urban Iranian pregnant women towards folic acid intake for neural tube defect prevention.
J Pak Med Assoc 2012; 62(8):785-9JP

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To assess the knowledge and practice of urban Iranian pregnant women regarding periconceptional folic acid intake for neural tube defect (NTD) prevention.

METHODS

The population-based study was done on 676 primiparous women in an urban area in Golestan province in northern Iran from June to November, 2008. A questionnaire was completed by the subjects regarding their knowledge of folic acid. Questionnaires were administered to women who were seeking routine antenatal care at health centres, private gynaecological clinic and the Dezyani Gynaecologic and Obstetric Hospital. Questions covered knowledge and use of folic acid supplements and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.

RESULTS

Out of the 676 women surveyed, 96.2% reported that they heard of folate. Of these, only 27.6% knew that folate was something important in the prevention of neural tube defects. Overall, 20.12% of the total women took folic acid during periconceptional period. The most common information sources on folate were healthcare service (54.5%). Besides, 37.6% of the subjects who heard about folate were aware that green leafy vegetables were fortified with folic acid. In univariate analysis, knowledge and intake of folic acid was not associated with education and the age of women.

CONCLUSION

A healthcare plan for intervention to increase the knowledge and intake of folic acid by pregnant women during the protective period is required.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Gynaecology, Gorgan Congenital Malformations Research Center, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23862250

Citation

Nosrat, Sepideh Bakhshande, et al. "Knowledge and Practice of Urban Iranian Pregnant Women Towards Folic Acid Intake for Neural Tube Defect Prevention." JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, vol. 62, no. 8, 2012, pp. 785-9.
Nosrat SB, Sedehi M, Golalipour MJ. Knowledge and practice of urban Iranian pregnant women towards folic acid intake for neural tube defect prevention. J Pak Med Assoc. 2012;62(8):785-9.
Nosrat, S. B., Sedehi, M., & Golalipour, M. J. (2012). Knowledge and practice of urban Iranian pregnant women towards folic acid intake for neural tube defect prevention. JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 62(8), pp. 785-9.
Nosrat SB, Sedehi M, Golalipour MJ. Knowledge and Practice of Urban Iranian Pregnant Women Towards Folic Acid Intake for Neural Tube Defect Prevention. J Pak Med Assoc. 2012;62(8):785-9. PubMed PMID: 23862250.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Knowledge and practice of urban Iranian pregnant women towards folic acid intake for neural tube defect prevention. AU - Nosrat,Sepideh Bakhshande, AU - Sedehi,Maliheh, AU - Golalipour,Mohammad Jafar, PY - 2013/7/19/entrez PY - 2013/7/19/pubmed PY - 2013/7/31/medline SP - 785 EP - 9 JF - JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association JO - J Pak Med Assoc VL - 62 IS - 8 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To assess the knowledge and practice of urban Iranian pregnant women regarding periconceptional folic acid intake for neural tube defect (NTD) prevention. METHODS: The population-based study was done on 676 primiparous women in an urban area in Golestan province in northern Iran from June to November, 2008. A questionnaire was completed by the subjects regarding their knowledge of folic acid. Questionnaires were administered to women who were seeking routine antenatal care at health centres, private gynaecological clinic and the Dezyani Gynaecologic and Obstetric Hospital. Questions covered knowledge and use of folic acid supplements and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. RESULTS: Out of the 676 women surveyed, 96.2% reported that they heard of folate. Of these, only 27.6% knew that folate was something important in the prevention of neural tube defects. Overall, 20.12% of the total women took folic acid during periconceptional period. The most common information sources on folate were healthcare service (54.5%). Besides, 37.6% of the subjects who heard about folate were aware that green leafy vegetables were fortified with folic acid. In univariate analysis, knowledge and intake of folic acid was not associated with education and the age of women. CONCLUSION: A healthcare plan for intervention to increase the knowledge and intake of folic acid by pregnant women during the protective period is required. SN - 0030-9982 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23862250/Knowledge_and_practice_of_urban_Iranian_pregnant_women_towards_folic_acid_intake_for_neural_tube_defect_prevention_ L2 - http://jpma.org.pk/full_article-text.php?article_id=3607 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -