Journal article

Health professionals' perceptions about the adoption of existing guidelines for the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Australia

Rochelle E Watkins, Elizabeth J Elliott, Raewyn C Mutch, Jane Latimer, Amanda Wilkins, Janet M Payne, Heather M Jones, Sue Miers, Elizabeth Peadon, Anne McKenzie, Heather A D'Antoine, Elizabeth Russell, James Fitzpatrick, Colleen M O'Leary, Jane Halliday, Lorian Hayes, Lucinda Burns, Maureen Carter, Carol Bower

BMC PEDIATRICS | BMC | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Despite the availability of five guidelines for the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), there is no national endorsement for their use in diagnosis in Australia. In this study we aimed to describe health professionals' perceptions about the adoption of existing guidelines for the diagnosis of FASD in Australia and identify implications for the development of national guidelines. METHODS: We surveyed 130 Australian and 9 international health professionals with expertise or involvement in the screening or diagnosis of FASD. An online questionnaire was used to evaluate participants' familiarity with and use of five existing diagnostic guidelines for FASD, and to as..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Individual contributions were also supported by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Fellowships (CB 634341 and JH 1021252), NHMRC Practitioner Fellowships (EJE 457084 and 1021480), an NHMRC Program Grant (CB and JMP 572742), an NHMRC Enabling Grant (EJE and CB 402784) and an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (JL FT0991861).