Non-anaemic iron deficiency in pregnancy: the views of health service users and health care professionals.
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BACKGROUND: The prevalence of anaemia in pregnancy in Europe is 25% and that resulting from iron deficiency is estimated at 40%. The maternal and fetal morbidity of non-anaemic iron deficiency (NAID) in pregnancy is likely to be significant. OBJECTIVES: To determine the views and opinions of health service users and clinicians concerning NAID in pregnancy in order to inform future research. METHODS: Two semi-structured focus groups were carried out to determine health service users' views on anaemia and NAID in pregnancy. A questionnaire was administered to obstetricians, haematologists, midwives and anaesthetists to elucidate their views on NAID in pregnancy. RESULTS: The study indicated that health service users and clinicians were interested in implementing testing for NAID in pregnancy with serum ferritin, if proven to be effective at reducing the effects of anaemia and improving maternal and neonatal outcomes. Clinicians had reservations in the use of intravenous iron supplementation for NAID in pregnancy. CONCLUSION: NAID is now accepted as a target condition for research by health service users and clinicians. The focus of future research should be on screening for NAID and its treatment.
AuthorsDaru, J; Moores, R; Dodds, J; Rayment, J; Allard, S; Khan, KS
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