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Women's awareness of the importance of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption during pregnancy: knowledge of risks, benefits and information accessibility

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Abstract


  • OBJECTIVE: To evaluate pregnant women's knowledge regarding the importance of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC n-3 PUFA) consumption during pregnancy and assess their views on current information availability.

    DESIGN: A 27-item demographic and food safety/behaviour questionnaire was administered to pregnant women during their antenatal clinic visits. chi2 tests were performed using SPSS.

    SETTING: Antenatal clinics at two regional hospitals in New South Wales, Australia.

    SUBJECTS: One hundred and ninety (n 190) pregnant women.

    RESULTS: Three quarters of the women had not received information regarding LC n-3 PUFA. Approximately half of the women were aware of issues relating to LC n-3 PUFA; however, their knowledge was limited, with most obtaining their knowledge from books and magazines. Women generally had low (30 %, 29 %) to moderate (28 %, 24 %) levels of concern about LC n-3 PUFA and mercury, respectively.

    CONCLUSIONS: Pregnant women lack knowledge of LC n-3 PUFA and health-care services do not provide pregnant women with adequate information on the importance of eating foods high in LC n-3 PUFA during pregnancy.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Sinikovic, D. S., Yeatman, H. R., Cameron, D. & Meyer, B. J. (2009). Women's awareness of the importance of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption during pregnancy: knowledge of risks, benefits and information accessibility. Public Health Nutrition, 12 (4), 562-569.

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  • 2-s2.0-65449170766

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3210&context=hbspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/2157

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 562

End Page


  • 569

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • OBJECTIVE: To evaluate pregnant women's knowledge regarding the importance of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC n-3 PUFA) consumption during pregnancy and assess their views on current information availability.

    DESIGN: A 27-item demographic and food safety/behaviour questionnaire was administered to pregnant women during their antenatal clinic visits. chi2 tests were performed using SPSS.

    SETTING: Antenatal clinics at two regional hospitals in New South Wales, Australia.

    SUBJECTS: One hundred and ninety (n 190) pregnant women.

    RESULTS: Three quarters of the women had not received information regarding LC n-3 PUFA. Approximately half of the women were aware of issues relating to LC n-3 PUFA; however, their knowledge was limited, with most obtaining their knowledge from books and magazines. Women generally had low (30 %, 29 %) to moderate (28 %, 24 %) levels of concern about LC n-3 PUFA and mercury, respectively.

    CONCLUSIONS: Pregnant women lack knowledge of LC n-3 PUFA and health-care services do not provide pregnant women with adequate information on the importance of eating foods high in LC n-3 PUFA during pregnancy.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Sinikovic, D. S., Yeatman, H. R., Cameron, D. & Meyer, B. J. (2009). Women's awareness of the importance of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption during pregnancy: knowledge of risks, benefits and information accessibility. Public Health Nutrition, 12 (4), 562-569.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-65449170766

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3210&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/2157

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 562

End Page


  • 569

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom