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Reducing complications from alcohol use during pregnancy through screening.
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PMID:  10935357     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Prenatal providers are reluctant to discuss alcohol use in the clinical setting, even though heavy alcohol use is associated with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol effects (FAE), sometimes known as alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder. Fourteen percent to 20% of pregnant women report drinking some alcohol during pregnancy. Approximately 0.2% to 1% meet the criteria for heavy drinking. Reducing drinking during pregnancy has the potential to reduce the risk for FAS and FAE. Routine screening for alcohol use during pregnancy followed by referrals for those considered to be at risk is recommended. Women are often more receptive to intervention during pregnancy, as they focus on positive health behaviors. A number of brief screening tools designed for use on a routine basis are reviewed. Physicians who learn to comfortably discuss alcohol use during pregnancy can help substantially reduce the impact of these disorders.
B A Morse; E Hutchins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Medical Women's Association (1972)     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0098-8421     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Med Womens Assoc     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-09-12     Completed Date:  2000-09-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503064     Medline TA:  J Am Med Womens Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  225-7, 240     Citation Subset:  IM    
Boston University School of Medicine, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects*
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome / prevention & control*
Health Behavior
Mass Screening*
Physician-Patient Relations
Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control*
Prenatal Care

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