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Table 3 Comparison of risk factors that affect duration of taking iron tablets1 (%)

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

  Shorter Duration (n = 73) Longer Duration (n = 79) P (χ2 analysis)
Knowledge on anemia    
   Lack of iron rich foods is cause of anemia 60.3 43.0 0.036
   Meat is one of the iron rich foods 53.5 46.5 0.043
   Beans is one of the iron rich foods 61.3 34.2 0.001
   Increased requirement is cause of anemia 37.0 25.3 0.160
   Taking iron tablet is to prevent anemia 71.2 75.9 0.582
   Taking de-worming tablets is to prevent anemia 1.4 0.0 0.480
   Difficulty pregnancy is consequence of anemia 28.8 20.3 0.259
   Small baby is consequence of anemia 57.5 48.1 0.263
   Unhealthy child/mother is consequence of anemia 63.0 68.4 0.499
   Advice on side-effects being told 34.2 29.1 0.601
Information source of anemia    
   Commune health worker 64.4 77.2 0.107
   Women's union 31.5 32.9 0.864
   Village health worker 27.4 32.9 0.485
   Radio/TV 4.1 15.2 0.029
Health seeking behaviors    
   Western medicine preferred 75.85 62.2 0.251
   Frequent check ups during pregnancy (>3 times) 86.3 92.4 0.292
   Dizziness stopped is a reason for taking iron tablets 51.4 49.4 0.871
   Health new born is a reason for taking iron tablets 48.67 63.3 0.074
Environmental risk factors    
   Hygiene latrines use 57.5 43.0 0.104
   Experiences of side effects 46.6 24.47 0.006
   Iron tablets supplied before pregnancy 54.8 72.2 0.029
  1. Note: Seven respondents had missing data, five for not taking iron tablets and two for not responding to questions on duration of taking iron tablets.
  2. Shorter duration means the participants took iron tablets for 1–4 months during last pregnancy.
  3. Longer duration means the participants took iron tablets for 5–9 months during last pregnancy.
  4. Hygiene latrines have two rooms, a latrine and a latrine with water.