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Key Stakeholder Priorities for the Review and Update of the Australian Guide to Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Descriptive Study

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Child Health Research Centre, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
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School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
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Māori Indigenous Health Innovation, University of Otago Christchurch, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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Centre for Healthcare Transformation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD 4059, Australia
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Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT 0811, Australia
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National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Australia, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
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Faculty of Medicine and Health, Specialty of Child and Adolescent Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Sydney, NSW 2145, Australia
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Telethon Kids Institute, Perth, WA 6009, Australia
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School of Population Health, Curtin University, Perth, WA 6102, Australia
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Menzies Health Institute of Queensland, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
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School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
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La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University, Bendigo, VIC 3552, Australia
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Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC 3083, Australia
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Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Health Science, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
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Te Ara Manapou, Parenting and Pregnancy Service, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, Hastings 4120, New Zealand
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Child Development Service, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Southport, QLD 4215, Australia
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Victoria Fetal Alcohol Service, Monash Children’s Hospital, Clayton, VIC 3163, Australia
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Department of Paediatrics, Monash University, Clayton, VIC 3163, Australia
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Patches Assessment Service, Berrimbah, NT 0828, Australia
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Child and Adolescent Health Service, Department of Health, Perth Children’s Hospital, Perth, WA 6009, Australia
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Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin Medical School, Curtin University, Perth, WA 6102, Australia
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School of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA 6009, Australia
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Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma, Continuing Medical Education, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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West Moreton Health, Ipswich, QLD 4305, Australia
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(10), 5823; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105823
Received: 21 March 2022 / Revised: 6 May 2022 / Accepted: 7 May 2022 / Published: 10 May 2022
Since the 2016 release of the Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), considerable progress has been made in the identification and diagnosis of the disorder. As part of a larger process to review and update the Guide, the aim of this study was to identify review priorities from a broad range of stakeholders involved in the assessment and diagnosis of FASD. Sixty-two stakeholders, including healthcare practitioners, researchers, other specialists, individuals with cultural expertise, lived experience and consumer representatives completed an online survey asking them to describe up to five priorities for the review of the Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of FASD. A total of 267 priorities were described. Content analysis of responses revealed priority areas relating to diagnostic criteria (n = 82, 30.7%), guideline content (n = 91, 34.1%), guideline dissemination (n = 15, 5.6%) and guideline implementation (n = 63, 23.6%). Other considerations included prevention and screening of FASD (n = 16, 6%). Engaging stakeholders in setting priorities will ensure the revised Australian Guide can be as relevant and meaningful as possible for the primary end-users and that it meets the needs of individuals with lived experience who will be most affected by the diagnosis. View Full-Text
Keywords: fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; prenatal alcohol exposure; clinical guidelines; assessment and diagnosis fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; prenatal alcohol exposure; clinical guidelines; assessment and diagnosis
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Hayes, N.; Akison, L.K.; Goldsbury, S.; Hewlett, N.; Elliott, E.J.; Finlay-Jones, A.; Shanley, D.C.; Bagley, K.; Crawford, A.; Till, H.; Crichton, A.; Friend, R.; Moritz, K.M.; Mutch, R.; Harrington, S.; Webster, A.; Reid, N. Key Stakeholder Priorities for the Review and Update of the Australian Guide to Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 5823. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105823

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Hayes N, Akison LK, Goldsbury S, Hewlett N, Elliott EJ, Finlay-Jones A, Shanley DC, Bagley K, Crawford A, Till H, Crichton A, Friend R, Moritz KM, Mutch R, Harrington S, Webster A, Reid N. Key Stakeholder Priorities for the Review and Update of the Australian Guide to Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(10):5823. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105823

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Hayes, Nicole, Lisa K. Akison, Sarah Goldsbury, Nicole Hewlett, Elizabeth J. Elliott, Amy Finlay-Jones, Dianne C. Shanley, Kerryn Bagley, Andi Crawford, Haydn Till, Alison Crichton, Rowena Friend, Karen M. Moritz, Raewyn Mutch, Sophie Harrington, Andrew Webster, and Natasha Reid. 2022. "Key Stakeholder Priorities for the Review and Update of the Australian Guide to Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Descriptive Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 10: 5823. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105823

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