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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: An overview of current evidence and activities in the UK

Schölin, L, Mukherjee, RAS, Aiton, N, Blackburn, C, Brown, S, Flemming, KM, Gard, PR, Howlett, H, Plant, M, Price, AD, Shields, J, Smith, LA, Suttie, M, Zammitt, DC and Cook, PA (2021) Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: An overview of current evidence and activities in the UK. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 106 (7). pp. 636-640. ISSN 0003-9888

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Estimates for the UK suggest that alcohol consumption during pregnancy and prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) - the most common neurodevelopmental condition - are high. Considering the significant health and social impacts of FASD, there is a public health imperative to prioritise prevention, interventions and support. In this article, we outline the current state of play regarding FASD knowledge and research in the UK, which is characterised by a lack of evidence, a lack of dedicated funding and services, and consequently little policy formulation and strategic direction. We highlight progress made to date, as well as current knowledge and service gaps to propose a way forward for UK research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: UK FASD Research Collaboration; Humans; Prevalence; Alcohol Drinking; Awareness; Public Health; Pregnancy; Knowledge; Research Design; Social Change; Adult; Infant; Infant, Newborn; Female; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders; Neurodevelopmental Disorders; United Kingdom; adolescent health; neonatology; syndrome; Adult; Alcohol Drinking; Awareness; Female; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders; Humans; Infant; Infant, Newborn; Knowledge; Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Pregnancy; Prevalence; Public Health; Research Design; Social Change; United Kingdom; Pediatrics; 1103 Clinical Sciences; 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine; 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: BMJ
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2022 08:58
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2022 08:58
DOI or ID number: 10.1136/archdischild-2020-320435
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17083
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