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ERIC Number: EJ795605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Educating Health Professionals about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
American Journal of Health Education, v38 n6 p364-373 Nov-Dec 2007
Prenatal exposure to alcohol is a leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities. Individuals exposed to alcohol during fetal development can have physical, mental, behavioral, and learning disabilities, with lifelong implications. These conditions are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). Health care professionals play a crucial role in identifying women at risk for an alcohol-exposed pregnancy and in identifying the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure among individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities has funded four universities as FASD Regional Training Centers (RTCs). The RTCs, in collaboration with the CDC and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, are developing, implementing, and evaluating educational curricula for medical and allied health students and practitioners and seeking to have the curricula incorporated into training programs at each grantee's university or college, into other schools throughout the region, and into the credentialing requirements of professional boards. This article highlights some of the innovative training approaches that the RTCs are implementing to increase knowledge regarding FASDs and the ability of health professionals to identify, treat, and prevent these conditions. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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