Alcohol and pregnancy: educational resources for health professionals

Janet Marion Payne

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Abstract

[Truncated abstract] Background: The Alcohol and Pregnancy Project (2006-2008) provided educational resources for Western Australian (WA) health professionals to inform them about the prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Studies conducted in WA in 20021 and 20042 showed that WA health professionals were poorly informed about alcohol consumption in pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). The majority of these health professionals requested educational resources for themselves and information to give to clients. These results led to the formation of the Alcohol and Pregnancy Project. Methods: We developed educational resources for WA health professionals using formative research. We used project management and incorporated consumer and community representatives’ expertise into all aspects of the project. In 2007, the educational resources were distributed to 3,348 health professionals (Aboriginal health workers, allied health professionals, community nurses, general practitioners and obstetricians), referred to as health professionals (combined), and to 159 paediatricians. Six months later, we surveyed 1,483 health professionals (combined) and 133 paediatricians. We compared health professionals’ (combined) responses with results from 20021 and paediatricians’ with results from 20042 using prevalence rate ratios and 95% confidence intervals. At the end of the project we conducted a survey to evaluate researchers’ (n=16) and consumer and community representatives’ (n=13) perceptions of the process, context and impact of consumer and community participation in the project.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Publication statusUnpublished - 2012

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