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Table 2 Sources, number of supplements used and start of IFA supplements of women who had the most recent live births within 5 years prior to the survey in 14 surveyed districts of Pakistan (n = 2,400)

From: Factors associated with non-use of antenatal iron and folic acid supplements among Pakistani women: a cross sectional household survey

Variable Number %
Sources of IFA supplements   
Doctor 1,185 49.4
Lady health workers 967 40.3
Nurse/Lady health visitor/ dispenser 121 5.0
Traditional birth attendant/Dai/ midwife 15 0.6
Myself/Husband/Friend 50 2.1
Missing 62 2.6
Number of IFA supplements used   
Mean (SE) 76.9 (±51.6)  
Median (IQ Range‡) 60.0 (30.0 - 120.0)  
Categories of number of IFA supplements used   
Less than 60 832 34.7
60 to 89 448 18.7
90 to 119 370 15.4
120 and above 688 28.7
Missing 62 2.6
Month of pregnancy at start of IFA supplements   
Mean (SE) 5.3 (±1.7)  
Median (IQ Range) 5.0 (4.0 - 7.0)  
Gestation at start of IFA supplements   
First trimester 125 5.2
Second trimester 1,602 66.8
Last trimester 611 25.5
Missing 62 2.6
  1. ‡ Inter-quartile range.