Indian Journal of Public Health

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Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 144--145

Assessment and comparison of pregnancy outcome among anemic and nonanemic primigravida mothers


Rohini Sehgal 
 Medical Scientist, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

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Rohini Sehgal
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, AIIMS, New Delhi
India




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Sehgal R. Assessment and comparison of pregnancy outcome among anemic and nonanemic primigravida mothers.Indian J Public Health 2017;61:144-145


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Sehgal R. Assessment and comparison of pregnancy outcome among anemic and nonanemic primigravida mothers. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 Nov 28 ];61:144-145
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Sir,

The authors would like to restate that the sampling method adopted was a purposive sampling, and it was ensured that the recruited participants in anemic and nonanemic groups were matched by age group (20–30 years), period of gestation (POG) (16–18 weeks), and who had live singleton pregnancy. Further, there is no difference of opinion that the outcome would have influenced by possible confounding factors. Therefore, possible confounding variables such as body mass index, age at menarche, age at marriage, and menstrual cycle were considered in the study, and it was observed that there was no significant difference in the confounding variablesEven though the sampling strategy was purposive or convenient, there was no bias in selecting the participants with respect to age group matching, POG matching, and the other possible confounding variables. Further, carrying out similar type of study at community level is not feasible due to logistic problems. Therefore, observing the outcomes till delivery and at 6 weeks postdelivery is certainly the strength of the study without any iota of doubt. Probably, it may have certain limitation in generalizing the study results at community level in the absence of probability sampling methodThis study is a part of a multicentric Indian Council of Medical Research task force study. The women in both the groups were given antenatal care as per hospital practices and similar dietary advice was given in addition. An equal number of women in both the groups were given similar daily versus daily versus weekly oral iron therapy.

The hemogram was measured at enrollment, between 28 and 30 weeks of pregnancy and 6 weeks postdelivery. The impact of the treatment schedule on anemia has not been discussed in this study since the main aim of the present study was to know the outcome of pregnancy in women with mild-to-moderate anemia when detected early and given iron therapy and not the type of treatment given.

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