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Northern Ontario Health Care Students’ Knowledge and Attitudes Addressing Alcohol Consumption during Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, CHNET-Works!

September 27, 2017

1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT

An underexplored research area is the knowledge and beliefs of health care students towards Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Dr. Coons’ research team have conducted an exploratory and mixed-methods study to start addressing this gap in the research. The study targeted health care (medical, midwifery and nurse practitioners) students in Northern Ontario. Major themes from this research that will be explored during this presentation are:

  • The knowledge of FASD and alcohol consumption during pregnancy
  • A comparison of attitudes and beliefs towards prenatal alcohol exposure and practical recommendations
  • Obligations to inform mothers that no alcohol is safe
  • Difference in recommendations towards women based on the perceptions of culture, ethnicity, and the ability to stop drinking.

Speaker: Dr. Kelly D. Coons, PhD, School of Rural and Northern Health, Laurentian University,  Canada FASD Research Network

Who should attend?

  • Policy makers, researchers and workers in the health promotion and prevention field
  • Health care professionals working with women and children
  • Health care students , including medical, midwifery and nurse practitioners
  • Community based organizations raising awareness and providing supports for individuals with FASD

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