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Periconceptional Folic Acid Supplementation in a Nationally Representative Sample of Mothers

McNally, Sinéad and Bourke, Ashling (2012) Periconceptional Folic Acid Supplementation in a Nationally Representative Sample of Mothers. Irish Medical Journal, 105 (7). pp. 236-238.

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Abstract

This study reports recent trends in periconceptional folic acid use in Ireland using archived data from Growing Up in Ireland – the National Longitudinal Study of Children. Of a sample of 10,891 mothers, 6,936 (64%) reported taking folic acid before conception and 10,157 (93%) reported taking folic acid during the first trimester of pregnancy. Younger (OR=0.38, 95% CI=0.29-0.50), lower income (OR=0.59, 95% CI=0.51-0.68), lower educated (OR=0.77, 95% CI=0.66-0.89), and single mothers (OR=0.46, 95% CI=0.40-0.52) were less likely to have taken folic acid pre-conception. A similar pattern was found post-conception with younger (OR=0.58, 95% CI=0.40-0.84), lower income (OR=0.40, 95% CI=0.30-0.53), lower educated (OR=0.50, 95% CI=0.38-0.66), and single mothers (OR=0.74, 95% CI=0.60-0.91) less likely to have taken folic acid post-conception. The findings highlight an ongoing need for targeted promotional campaigns to increase supplementation rates among younger and socially disadvantaged mothers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Children > Child Development
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
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Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 15:34
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2015 15:37
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1524

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