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Table 2 Percentage of Patients’ Correct Answers By Question and By Concept Area (Mean Percentage (%)

From: Development of ReproKnow, a reproductive knowledge assessment for women with rheumatic diseases

  % Correct
Heritability
 1. Moms with autoimmune diseases pass their diseases on to their children (Aa: Sometimes) 75.8
Birth Outcomes
 1. If I have an autoimmune disease, my baby’s chances of being born with a birth defect are (A: Low) 32.7
 2. If I am pregnant and have a disease flare, my baby may be: (A: Born too early) 28.8
Fertility
 1. Most women with autoimmune diseases can get pregnant as easily as other women (A: Yes) 51.6
Contraception
 1. Can most women with autoimmune diseases use birth control safely? (A: Yes) 64.7
 2. Which type of birth control is the best at preventing pregnancy? (A: Intrauterine device (IUD)) 41.2
Preconception Planning
 1. When is the best time for a woman with an autoimmune disease to get pregnant? (A: After her disease is controlled on safe meds for a few months) 54.2
Pregnancy Management
 1. If I find out that I’m pregnant, what should I do next?
(A: Continue my meds until I talk with my doctor)
75.2
 2. If I am pregnant and have a flare of my disease (A: I may need to use meds to protect me and my baby) 52.3
Breastfeeding
 1. Moms with autoimmune diseases who are on safe meds (A: Usually can breastfeed safely, Make breastmilk that is nutritious as other women’s) 28.8
Medication Risk
 1. Can most women with autoimmune diseases use birth control safely? (A: Yes) 64.7
 2. When is the best time for a woman with an autoimmune disease to get pregnant? (A: After her disease is controlled on safe meds for a few months) 54.2
 3. If I find out that I’m pregnant, what should I do next?(A: Continue my meds until I talk with my doctor) 75.2
 4. If I am pregnant and have a flare of my disease
(A: I may need to use meds to protect me and my baby)
52.3
 5. Moms with autoimmune diseases who are on safe meds (A: Usually can breastfeed safely, Make breastmilk that is nutritious as other women’s) 28.8
  1. Multiple topical domains may be covered by a single question, thus questions may appear more than once in table
  2. aA = Correct Answer