Developing effective, culturally appropriate avenues to FASD diagnosis and prevention in northern Canada

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Salmon, Amy ; Clarren, Sterling K. (2012)
  • Publisher: Co-Action Publishing
  • Journal: International Journal of Circumpolar Health (issn: 1797-237X)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3402/ijch.v70i4.17844
  • Subject: Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, diagnosis, prevention

This article describes 2 research initiatives that are being undertaken by members of the Canada Northwest FASD Research Network, involving collaborations between researchers, clinicians, service providers and community members in the Canadian North. Improving both the diagnosis and prevention of FASD requires evidence-based approaches to clinical and social service delivery that are capable of accounting for the unique contours of the geographic, regional and cultural diversities in which women become pregnant and in which families live. Although FASD has been a priority for communities and governments in northern Canada, research capacity has not been available to support the development of the context-specific knowledge needed to inform policy and practice in this region. Moreover, there have not been adequate mechanisms for transferring practice-based knowledge from the Canadian North to researchers and service providers in the South, who might make use of this knowledge to inform their own practice. Herein, we highlight the ways in which reciprocal knowledge exchange involving CanFASD Northwest researchers at academic health science centres and diverse stakeholder groups is supporting multi-directional capacity building in FASD diagnosis and prevention.International Journal of Circumpolar Health 70:4 2011Keywords: Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, diagnosis, prevention
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