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Intake of iodine-containing multivitamin preparations by pregnant women from the Krakow region of Poland

Tomasz Milewicz, Małgorzata Czyżewicz, Ewa Stochmal, Danuta Galicka-Latała, Alicja Hubalewska-Dydejczyk, Józef Krzysiek
Endokrynologia Polska 2011;62(4):309-315.

open access

Vol 62, No 4 (2011)
Original papers
Published online: 2011-08-30
Submitted: 2013-02-15

Abstract

Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate the number of women who take multivitamin formulations containing iodine.
Material and methods: A 34-question questionnaire was given to 500 women during their puerperal stay in two obstetrics/gynaecology wards in Krakow.
Results: 295 pregnant women (59%) took iodine-containing formulations. 205 pregnant women (41%) took multivitamin preparations without iodine. 49.7% of the women (91 out of 183) who inhabited rural areas and small towns were not supplemented with iodine during pregnancy. Women in Krakow took iodine-containing multivitamin formulations in 61.2% of cases. Women with primary and secondary education did not use iodine supplementation in 48.3% and 50.3% of cases respectively. Women with a university education did not use supplementation in 38.6% of cases. The prevalence of women using iodine-containing multivitamin preparation was similar in each age group.
Conclusions: The promotion of iodine supplementation to pregnant women should be augmented at each level of contact with medical staff. Medical staff should be reminded about such promotion at each level of medical care and training (general practitioner, obstetrics/gynaecology specialist, endocrinologist, postgraduate training).
(Pol J
Endocrinol 2011; 62 (4): 309–315)

Abstract

Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate the number of women who take multivitamin formulations containing iodine.
Material and methods: A 34-question questionnaire was given to 500 women during their puerperal stay in two obstetrics/gynaecology wards in Krakow.
Results: 295 pregnant women (59%) took iodine-containing formulations. 205 pregnant women (41%) took multivitamin preparations without iodine. 49.7% of the women (91 out of 183) who inhabited rural areas and small towns were not supplemented with iodine during pregnancy. Women in Krakow took iodine-containing multivitamin formulations in 61.2% of cases. Women with primary and secondary education did not use iodine supplementation in 48.3% and 50.3% of cases respectively. Women with a university education did not use supplementation in 38.6% of cases. The prevalence of women using iodine-containing multivitamin preparation was similar in each age group.
Conclusions: The promotion of iodine supplementation to pregnant women should be augmented at each level of contact with medical staff. Medical staff should be reminded about such promotion at each level of medical care and training (general practitioner, obstetrics/gynaecology specialist, endocrinologist, postgraduate training).
(Pol J
Endocrinol 2011; 62 (4): 309–315)
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Keywords

iodine; pregnancy; multivitamin preparations

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Title

Intake of iodine-containing multivitamin preparations by pregnant women from the Krakow region of Poland

Journal

Endokrynologia Polska

Issue

Vol 62, No 4 (2011)

Pages

309-315

Published online

2011-08-30

Bibliographic record

Endokrynologia Polska 2011;62(4):309-315.

Keywords

iodine
pregnancy
multivitamin preparations

Authors

Tomasz Milewicz
Małgorzata Czyżewicz
Ewa Stochmal
Danuta Galicka-Latała
Alicja Hubalewska-Dydejczyk
Józef Krzysiek

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