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

Scholin, Lisa and Mukherjee, Raja and Aiton, Neil and Blackburn, Carolyn and Brown, Sarah and Flemming, Kate M. and Gard, Paul R. and Howlett, Helen and Plant, Moira and Price, Alan D. and Shields, Jennifer and Smith, Lesley A. and Suttie, Michael and Zammitt, David C. and Cook, Penny A. (2021) Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: an overview of current evidence and activities in the UK. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 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
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2020-320435
21 December 2020Accepted
13 January 2021Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescent health, syndrome, neonatology
Subjects: CAH01 - medicine and dentistry > CAH01-01 - medicine and dentistry > CAH01-01-01 - medical sciences (non-specific)
CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE)
Depositing User: Carolyn Blackburn
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2021 10:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 16:58
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10733

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