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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 
2009

Folic Acid to Prevent Neural Tube Defects: Preventive Medication

Description of Resource: 
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that all women who are planning or capable of pregnancy take a daily supplement containing 0.4 to 0.8 mg (400 to 800 µg) of folic acid. This is an A recommendation, which means the USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is substantial.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Maternal, Infant, and Child Health
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Citation: 
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Folic Acid for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: Preventive Medication [Internet]. 2017 Jan [cited 2017 Sept 8]. Available from: https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/folic-acid-for-the-prevention-of-neural-tube-defects-preventive-medication?ds=1&s=Folic%20Acid%20to%20Prevent%20Neural%20Tube%20Defects