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Table 2 Summary of focus group discussion

From: Why do adult women in Vietnam take iron tablets?

  Quang Thanh 1 Quang Thanh 2 Vinh Thanh 1 Vinh Thanh 2
What the village health workers do Communicated about health care during pregnancy Communicated about health care and suggested to take iron tablets during pregnancy Communicated about health care, suggestion for antenatal check ups, healthy diets Communicated about health care check up, good foods during pregnancy, work load
Experience that iron tablets improved No headache, dizziness, and tiredness No headache, dizziness, and tiredness No headache, dizziness. No headache, sleep and eat well
Experience of having any side effects Bad smell, vomiting. Bad smell, vomiting. black stool Bad smell, vomiting. Bad smell, vomiting, not good feeling black stool
What made to continue taking Iron tablets Better feeling they had Better health status they had Better health status they had. Think of the benefits of the infants Better health status for both mother and the fetus
Efforts not to forget taking iron tablets Placed iron tablets at the same place Asked husbands to remind them Placed iron tablets under the pillow Took iron tablets with other foods(sweat potato, pumpkin leaves) Remembered themselves Asked husbands to remind them Took at the same time Asked husbands to remind them
Events to stop taking iron tablets Felt healthier Broken iron tablets given Broken iron tablets given Tried to take it regularly Broken iron tablets given
Encouragement from family members Not mentioned specifically Not mentioned specifically Not mentioned specifically Not mentioned specifically
Dietary pattern Mainly rice and more fish than meat. Available and seasonal vegetables and fruits in the region Mainly rice and more fish than meat. Available and seasonal vegetables and fruits in the region Mainly rice and more fish than meat. Available and seasonal vegetables and fruits in the region Mainly rice and more fish than meat. Available and seasonal vegetables and fruits in the region