Prevalence of PICA Practice among Pregnant Women in and around Manipal, Udupi District, Karnataka

Garg, Meenakshi and Sharma , Richa (2012) Prevalence of PICA Practice among Pregnant Women in and around Manipal, Udupi District, Karnataka. Health and Population-Perspectives and Issues, 33 (2). pp. 86-95. ISSN 0253-6803

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Abstract

In documented research literature,Pica is reported to range from 0% to 68% depending on the patient population. This study was designed to define characteristics and factors influencing the practice of pica. The study group consisted of 180 pregnant women who were interviewed regarding pica practice, general information and dietary pattern. Prevalence of Pica was found among 5% of the study subjects. The common substances consumed were ice, raw rice, tamarind seeds and chalk. Statistically significant association was found between pica practice with hemoglobin levels (p= .005) and socio economic status (p<0.001). There is a need to routinely screen pregnant women for pica during pregnancy. Further studies are also needed to establish possible health consequences of pica on mother and child.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: PICA; Pregnant Women, Raw Rice, Chalk
Subjects: Hotel Management > WGSHA Manipal
Depositing User: WGSHA EPrints Administrator
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2013 04:45
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2013 04:45
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/78006

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