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Ir J Med Sci. 2003 Jul-Sep;172(3):118-22.

Folic acid knowledge and use among relatives in Irish families with neural tube defects: an intervention study.

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Boyne Research Institute, Duke House, Drogheda, Ireland. boyne@iol.ie

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Relatives in families where a child has a neural tube defect (NTD) may be at higher risk of having an affected child. Little is known of their level of knowledge and use of folic acid.

AIM:

To carry out an intervention study intended to increase knowledge and use of folic acid among relatives.

METHODS:

One hundred aunts and female first cousins (relatives of the proband) were interviewed by telephone before and after receiving an information pack.

RESULTS:

At baseline, although knowledge of the benefits of folic acid was high (73%), use of folic acid was low (8.8%). After the intervention, knowledge increased and use went up to 19% (p < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

This study suggests that relatives in Irish NTD families have a high level of information about folic acid benefits. This awareness may not translate into action since the intervention produced only a modest increase in folic acid use overall. Future studies focussing on women who are planning a pregnancy may show larger benefits from intervention.

PMID:
14700113
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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