Increasing Folic Acid Awareness and Knowledge of Future Health Care Providers to Reduce the Incidence of Neural Tube Birth Defects. Diane Zipley, State Director of Program Services, March of Dimes Arizona Chapter August 26, 2007. Folic Acid Awareness.
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Diane Zipley, State Director of Program Services,
March of Dimes Arizona Chapter
August 26, 2007
To address this knowledge gap, the March of Dimes has developed various materials to educate health care professionals about
technology in the curriculum of future health care
providers, a study was conducted
Importance of Patient Education & Awareness About Folic Acid BEFORE Pregnancy
the world 500,000 infants are
born every year with a neural tube
Approximately 3,000 of these
births occur in the United States3
*Based on 16 state-based birth defects surveillance systems
Source: CDC, Teratology, July/August 1997
Prepared by March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, 1999
Central/ Southern American
Rate per 100,000 live births
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, period linked birth/infant death file
Prepared by March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, 2001
year PA students enrolled in a Women’s Health
course Total N= 73
students to gynecology and obstetrics with a
primary care focus
acid and birth defects:
(2) identification of common fetal abnormalities
Generally, the definitive improvement in posttest over pretest scores shows the effectiveness of the Folic Acid CD-ROM for increasing knowledge and awareness among students
Evaluation responses from these students
strongly suggested that the Folic Acid CD-ROM:
*provided information in a clear
and effective manner
*adequately covered and delivered the information
*encouraged students to commit to recommending folic
acid to their future patients
This represents a total 22% decrease in neural tube defects for Arizona over the course of the 7 year March of Dimes Folic Acid Education Campaign.
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pregnancy Awareness and Behavior Among Women of Childbearing Age. 1995–2000.
Conducted by the Gallup Organization. Publication no. 31-1404–00. White Plains, NY:
March of Dimes, 2000.
3. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Knowledge about folic acid and use of
multivitamins containing folic acid among reproductive aged women—Georgia 1995.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 1996;45:793–795.
4. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Knowledge and use of folic acid by women
of childbearing age—United States, 1995 and 1998. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 1999;