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Factors influencing adherence to routine iron supplementation among pregnant women in Akinyele Local Government, Ibadan

Beatrice M. Ohaeri, Blessing E. Joseph

Abstract


Anemia in pregnancy is a common problem especially in developing countries. and has been linked with feotal and maternal complications. Taking iron supplements could reduce anaemia in pregnancy but some pregnant women do not adhere to this. The study identified some factors associated with non adherence among pregnant women in three selected health centers in Akinyele Local Government Area, Ibadan Nigeria.

Using a descriptive cross- sectional design, 200 pregnant women who consented were purposively selected. Data were collected using 32- item self- structured questionnaire with a reliability of 0.75.

Forgetfulness (82%), too many tablets (77%), unavailability of supplements and poor information from nurses (58%) were some of the factors identified. A significant relationship existed between respondent's age, parity, knowledge and adherence (P > 0.05).

A good nurse-patient relationship can help in motivating adherence, reduce anemia, curb maternal and infant morbidity and mortality thereby facilitating achieving of the millennium goal.

Keywords: Pregnancy; Adherence; Iron supplements: Anaemia; Nigeria




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