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Knowledge and practice of urban Iranian pregnant women towards folic acid intake for neural tube defect prevention.

Nosrat, S.B. and Sedehi, M. and 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. 785-789. ISSN 00309982 (ISSN)

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To assess the knowledge and practice of urban Iranian pregnant women regarding periconceptional folic acid intake for neural tube defect (NTD) prevention. 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. 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. A healthcare plan for intervention to increase the knowledge and intake of folic acid by pregnant women during the protective period is required.

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Additional Information: Unmapped bibliographic data: LA - English [Field not mapped to EPrints] J2 - J Pak Med Assoc [Field not mapped to EPrints] C2 - 23862250 [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Department of Gynaecology, Gorgan Congenital Malformations Research Center, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran. [Field not mapped to EPrints] DB - Scopus [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled Keywords: folic acid, vitamin B complex, adult, article, attitude to health, diet supplementation, female, health promotion, human, incidence, Iran, methodology, neural tube defect, pregnancy, prenatal care, questionnaire, retrospective study, urban population, Adult, Dietary Supplements, Female, Folic Acid, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Promotion, Humans, Incidence, Iran, Neural Tube Defects, Pregnancy, Prenatal Care, Questionnaires, Retrospective Studies, Urban Population, Vitamin B Complex, Young Adult
Subjects: مقالات نمایه شده محققین دانشگاه در سایت ,Web of Science ,Scopus
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Divisions: معاونت تحقیقات و فناوری
Depositing User: GOUMS
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2015 07:12
Last Modified: 12 May 2015 10:07
URI: http://eprints.goums.ac.ir/id/eprint/1981

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