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Supplementation with folic acid

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 08 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:942
  1. David Metson,
  2. M G Kremer,
  3. M Tobin,
  4. G S Kassianos,
  5. Chrissie Broomfield,
  6. Joyce Cruise
  1. General practitioner General practitioner General practitioner General practitioner Midwife Midwife Great Hollands Health Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 8WY

    EDITOR,—In 1992 the Department of Health recommended that all women should take folic acid supplements around the time of conception to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects.1 We undertook a survey of antenatal patients and those trying to conceive who attended our surgery in May and June 1994 to determine whether this advice was being followed. Of the 109 pregnant women surveyed, only 20 had taken supplements in accordance with the recommendations. In a further five cases the pregnancies were unplanned; …

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