Qanuippitaa? How Are We? Iron Deficiency and Anemia Among Women in Nunavik

Qanuippitaa? How Are We? Iron Deficiency and Anemia Among Women in Nunavik

Qanuippitaa? How Are We? Iron Deficiency and Anemia Among Women in Nunavik

Qanuippitaa? How Are We? Iron Deficiency and Anemia Among Women in Nunaviks

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Plante, Cécile, Blanchet, Carole et Turgeon O’Brien, Huguette. 2007. Qanuippitaa? How Are We? Iron Deficiency and Anemia Among Women in Nunavik. Québec: Gouvernement du Québec, Institut national de santé publique du Québec et Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux du Nunavik.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« The main objective of this report is to present the prevalence of iron deficiency and anemia and their associated risk factors among Nunavik women. The specific objectives are to:
-Determine the main types of anemia and the prevalence of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) in Nunavik women as well as the prevalence of iron, vitamin A, folic acid and vitamin B12 deficiencies;
-Determine the relationship between socio-economic and health satus, dietary intake and eating patterns and the prevalence of iron deficiency and anemia. » (p. 3)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
521 Inuit households

Instruments :
Self-administered and interviewer-completed questionnaires

Type de traitement des données :
Statistical analysis

3. Résumé


This report presents data from the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey (2004). It reveals that « [a]mong pregnant women, rates of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia reach two thirds and one third of expectant mothers respectively, which is higher than in non-pregnant women. Poorer iron status was also noted in new mothers. » (p. 11) « Also, compliance regarding iron supplementation is often problematic. The present surey reveals that 47% of women with a recent pregnancy declared that they did not take any iron supplements during their last pregnancy even though iron supplements are prescribed to 85% of pregnant women in Nunavik [...]. Also, the occurrence of pregnancy during the four years before the survey was related to a more precarious iron status in Nunavik women. » (p. 10)

Seventeen other fascicules presenting data from the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey are available, as well as a report on nutrition and a methodological report. The following fascicules are listed in Famili@:
- Rochette, L., D. St-Laurent, et al. (2007). Qanuippitaa? How Are We? Socio-demographic Portrait
- Dodin, S. and C. Blanchet (2007). Qanuippitaa? How are we? Women’s Health and Preventive Sexual Behaviour Among Men and Women
- Lavoie, F., S. Fraser, et al. (2007). Qanuippitaa? How are we? Prevalence and Nature of Sexual Violence in Nunavik
- Lavoie, F., G. Muckle, et al. (2007). Qanuippitaa? How are we? Epidemiological Portrait of Physical Violence and Property Offences in Nunavik

These documents are available online on the Institut national de santé publique du Québec’s website.