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Health professionals' knowledge, practice and opinions about fetal alcohol syndrome and alcohol consumption in pregnancy

This study investigated the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of health professionals related to drinking and pregnancy. Results showed 12% of health professional identified all four essential diagnostic features of FAS.  Most (95%) had never diagnosed FAS, while 53% said the diagnosis might be stigmatising. The authors concluded health professionals identified a need for educational materials for them and their clients.

Authors: Jan Payne, Elizabeth Elliott, Heather D'Antoine, Colleen O'Leary, Anne Mahony, Eric Haan, Carol Bower

Date: July 2005

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