Knowledge and attitudes regarding preconception care in a predominantly low-income Mexican American population

Dean V. Coonrod, Natalie C. Bruce, Theresa D. Malcolm, David Drachman, Keith A. Frey

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Objective: The objective of the study was to determine knowledge and attitudes regarding preconception care in a low-income Mexican American population. Study Design: This was a cross-sectional survey of 305 reproductive-age women at an urban public hospital. Results: The sample was mostly Hispanic (88%) and pregnant (68%); 35% had not completed high school. Eighty-nine percent agreed that improving preconception health benefits pregnancy. Seventy-seven percent expressed some interest in preconception health care with the obstetrics gynecology office at the preferred location. The average knowledge of preconception care score was 76% (higher score more favorable). Areas of higher knowledge included the effects on pregnancy of folic acid; alcohol use; substance use; and verbal, physical, and sexual abuse; lower knowledge was found for the effects of cat litter and fish products. Conclusion: There was interest in preconception education and agreement that preconception health has a positive effect on pregnancy. Fewer respondents agreed that it had a good effect than a suburban sample in the same region (89% vs 98%).

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume200
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

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Pregnancy
Fish Products
Population
Public Hospitals
Urban Hospitals
Sex Offenses
Insurance Benefits
Gynecology
Hispanic Americans
Folic Acid
Obstetrics
Cats
Cross-Sectional Studies
Alcohols
Delivery of Health Care
Education
Health

Keywords

  • health knowledge
  • low-income
  • Mexican American
  • preconception care
  • prenatal care

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Knowledge and attitudes regarding preconception care in a predominantly low-income Mexican American population. / Coonrod, Dean V.; Bruce, Natalie C.; Malcolm, Theresa D.; Drachman, David; Frey, Keith A.

In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 200, No. 6, 06.2009.

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Coonrod, Dean V. ; Bruce, Natalie C. ; Malcolm, Theresa D. ; Drachman, David ; Frey, Keith A. / Knowledge and attitudes regarding preconception care in a predominantly low-income Mexican American population. In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2009 ; Vol. 200, No. 6.
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