Clinical Practice: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention: Earn MOC II Credit

Alcohol is a teratogen, capable of interfering with the development of a fetus and causing birth defects. However, many pregnant women in the US remain unaware of the damage that even small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy can do; as a result, alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of birth defects, developmental disabilities, and learning disabilities. FASDs are estimated to occur in as many as 2-5 percent of school-age children.

Alcohol use during pregnancy is found among all socioeconomic groups, but the prevalence of any alcohol use during pregnancy is highest among college graduates aged 35-44. Universal screening is necessary to effectively detect pregnancies that are at risk for alcohol exposure.

What You Can Do

Ob-gyns play a crucial role in FASD prevention, and should implement routine, universal screening with all patients using the AUDIT 1-3 (US)and use brief intervention and referral to treatment as necessary for at-risk patients.

"The role of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment in the perinatal period," an article from the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology’s May 2017 list, has been approved for Maintenance of Certification Part II (MOC II) credit. The article, available as a PDF, covers the role of ob-gyns in screening and brief intervention for FASD.

Visit the Green Journal website to view the list of MOC II articles.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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