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Is Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation as Effective as Daily Supplementation for Decreasing Incidence of Anemia in Adolescent Girls?

Is Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation as Effective as Daily Supplementation for... EVIDENCE-BASED JOURNAL CLUB SECTION EDITORS: DIMITRI A. CHRISTAKIS, MD, MPH; HAROLD P. LEHMANN, MD, PHD Is Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation as Effective as Daily Supplementation for Decreasing Incidence of Anemia in Adolescent Girls? HIS CLINICAL TRIAL compared the effective- 209 who met eligibility criteria were randomized. Though ness of weekly vs daily administration of iron the authors state that subjects were randomly assigned plus folic acid for the treatment of anemia to 1 of 3 groups, they do not state which method of ran- in adolescent Nepalese girls, a population domization was used (eg, random number table). The re- T with an extremely high prevalence of ane- sulting 3 study groups were roughly equivalent in size, mia. The study was conducted in a single government- and Table 1 from the study indicates that the demo- run school in Dharan, an urban foothill town in Nepal. graphic characteristics of the 3 groups were similar. These Girls from the 8th to 12th grades aged 11 to 18 years were results suggest that, whichever randomization process was enrolled. Baseline characteristics measured included used, it was successful in creating 3 equivalent study sociodemographic variables, diet (vegetarian vs nonveg- groups. In the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Pediatrics American Medical Association

Is Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation as Effective as Daily Supplementation for Decreasing Incidence of Anemia in Adolescent Girls?

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
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2168-6203
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2168-6211
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10.1001/archpedi.156.2.128
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Abstract

EVIDENCE-BASED JOURNAL CLUB SECTION EDITORS: DIMITRI A. CHRISTAKIS, MD, MPH; HAROLD P. LEHMANN, MD, PHD Is Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation as Effective as Daily Supplementation for Decreasing Incidence of Anemia in Adolescent Girls? HIS CLINICAL TRIAL compared the effective- 209 who met eligibility criteria were randomized. Though ness of weekly vs daily administration of iron the authors state that subjects were randomly assigned plus folic acid for the treatment of anemia to 1 of 3 groups, they do not state which method of ran- in adolescent Nepalese girls, a population domization was used (eg, random number table). The re- T with an extremely high prevalence of ane- sulting 3 study groups were roughly equivalent in size, mia. The study was conducted in a single government- and Table 1 from the study indicates that the demo- run school in Dharan, an urban foothill town in Nepal. graphic characteristics of the 3 groups were similar. These Girls from the 8th to 12th grades aged 11 to 18 years were results suggest that, whichever randomization process was enrolled. Baseline characteristics measured included used, it was successful in creating 3 equivalent study sociodemographic variables, diet (vegetarian vs nonveg- groups. In the

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JAMA PediatricsAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 1, 2002

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