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

Schölin, L ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1348-672X, Mukherjee, RAS ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2171-928X, Aiton, N, Blackburn, C, Brown, S, Flemming, KM, Gard, PR, Howlett, H, Plant, M, Price, AD ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6651-7027, Shields, J, Smith, LA, Suttie, M, Zammitt, DC and Cook, PA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6435-8050 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.

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Access Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2021, following peer review, and the Version of Record can be accessed online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2020-320435. © Authors (or their employer(s)), 2021


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
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0003-9888
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Depositing User: Prof Penny A. Cook
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2021 08:33
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 17:35
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/59370

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