Are pregnant women receiving support for smoking dependence when attending routine antenatal appointments?
AffiliationHealth Promotion Service, 52 Broomhill Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. firstname.lastname@example.org
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CitationAre pregnant women receiving support for smoking dependence when attending routine antenatal appointments? 2010, 103 (8):239-41 Ir Med J
JournalIrish medical journal
AbstractEarly and consistent intervention with pregnant smokers can reduce the incidence of adverse pregnancy outcomes associated with smoking during pregnancy. A survey of 470 pregnant women was conducted to establish the care they received in relation to smoking whilst attending routine public antenatal appointments. The overall prevalence of smoking was 23.5%. Age, level of education and nationality were associated with smoking status with younger, less educated Irish women being most likely to smoke. Women attending for their first visit were much more likely to be asked about their smoking status 71 (85.5) versus 68 (17.8) and advised to quit if they were smokers 11 (73.3) versus 11 (15.7). None of the women were offered specific assistance to help them stop smoking or had a follow-up appointment arranged specifically to do with smoking. 167 women (35.6) were exposed to passive smoking in their own homes.
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