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Need to establish a national diagnostic capacity for foetal alcohol spectrum disorders

The challenge for the Australian health professional is agreeing on a model for diagnosing and treating FASD. The diagnostic method must be evidence based, sensitive and specific, and account for other exposures during pregnancy and early life events. The University of Washington FASD 4-digit diagnostic code fulfils all of these best practice criteria, recommending itself as the method of choice.

Authors: Raewyn Mutch, Elizabeth M Peadon, Elizabeth J Elliott, Carol Bower

Date: January 2009

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