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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) National Screening Tool Kit

Developing a National Screening Tool Kit for those (0 - 18) Identified and Potentially Affected by FASD

In partnership and collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)First Nations Inuit Health Branch - Health Canada, many FASD expertspractitioners and researchers, CAPHC has facilitated the development of the National Screening Tool Kit at CAPHC's 2010 Annual Conference in Winnipeg.

On March 1, 2005 the Public Health Agency of Canada endorsed the Canadian Guidelines for the diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The capacity, however, of diagnostic clinics is low compared to the prevalence of FASD. The validity and reliability of available screening tools has not yet been verified, limiting the ability of health care and allied professionals across Canada to consistently screen for FASD and refer for further assessment and diagnosis.

In partnership with many FASD experts and organizations, CAPHC is currently facilitating a national initiative, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, entitled: “Developing a National Screening Tool Kit for those Identified and Potentially Affected by FASD”. Drs. Albert Chudley, Sterling Clarren, Gideon Koren, and Ted Rosales are the content experts leading the project Steering Committee.

The primary objectives of this initiative are to:

  • Survey and critically evaluate FASD screening tools and methods in use in Canada for referral to or acceptance into diagnostic clinics;
  • Evaluate practical values (sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values) of these tools;
  • Develop practical guidelines (Tool Kit), based on the identified and evaluated tools.

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