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Age, place of living and education influences the pregnancy universal thyroid function screening program attendance — questionnaire study

Tomasz Milewicz, Małgorzata Żuk, Ewa Stochmal, Alicja Hubalewska-Dydejczyk, Danuta Galicka-Latała, Leszek Juszczyk, Józef Krzysiek
Endokrynologia Polska 2011;62(5):416-420.

open access

Vol 62, No 5 (2011)
Original papers
Published online: 2011-11-08
Submitted: 2013-02-15

Abstract

Background: The aim of this study was to assess attendance at the universal screening programme for thyroid function in pregnancy and attempt to evaluate the influence of age, number of past pregnancies, level of education, and place of residence on the attendance. The study was performed by means of a questionnaire.
Material and methods: Our study was performed on the basis of an anonymous questionnaire handed out to 543 women aged 16–45 years, on the third day of their puerperal stay in one of five obstetric wards in southern Poland. The questionnaire contained questions about participation in plasma level measurements of TSH, fT4, total T4, thyroid antibodies or thyroid ultrasound scanning at least once in pregnancy.
Results: The rate of attendance at any examination of thyroid function among pregnant women was 26.7%. The highest attendance rate (32.7%) was found among women living in provincial capitals or with higher education (41.3%), whereas the lowest was among women who had completed only primary school (11%) and those living in county towns (15%). The number of previous pregnancies did not influence the thyroid screening attendance. Women over 21 years of age participated in this screening programme more frequently (27.1–30%).
Conclusion: Less than one third of pregnant women participated in the thyroid function screening. Place of living, education level, and age were the main factors influencing the attendance rate. (Pol J Endocrinol 2011; 62 (5): 416–420)

Abstract

Background: The aim of this study was to assess attendance at the universal screening programme for thyroid function in pregnancy and attempt to evaluate the influence of age, number of past pregnancies, level of education, and place of residence on the attendance. The study was performed by means of a questionnaire.
Material and methods: Our study was performed on the basis of an anonymous questionnaire handed out to 543 women aged 16–45 years, on the third day of their puerperal stay in one of five obstetric wards in southern Poland. The questionnaire contained questions about participation in plasma level measurements of TSH, fT4, total T4, thyroid antibodies or thyroid ultrasound scanning at least once in pregnancy.
Results: The rate of attendance at any examination of thyroid function among pregnant women was 26.7%. The highest attendance rate (32.7%) was found among women living in provincial capitals or with higher education (41.3%), whereas the lowest was among women who had completed only primary school (11%) and those living in county towns (15%). The number of previous pregnancies did not influence the thyroid screening attendance. Women over 21 years of age participated in this screening programme more frequently (27.1–30%).
Conclusion: Less than one third of pregnant women participated in the thyroid function screening. Place of living, education level, and age were the main factors influencing the attendance rate. (Pol J Endocrinol 2011; 62 (5): 416–420)
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Keywords

TSH; pregnancy; screening test

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Title

Age, place of living and education influences the pregnancy universal thyroid function screening program attendance — questionnaire study

Journal

Endokrynologia Polska

Issue

Vol 62, No 5 (2011)

Pages

416-420

Published online

2011-11-08

Bibliographic record

Endokrynologia Polska 2011;62(5):416-420.

Keywords

TSH
pregnancy
screening test

Authors

Tomasz Milewicz
Małgorzata Żuk
Ewa Stochmal
Alicja Hubalewska-Dydejczyk
Danuta Galicka-Latała
Leszek Juszczyk
Józef Krzysiek

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