Research Snapshot: What Are the Ethical Issues With Screening Newborns for Prenatal Alcohol Exposure?

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What is this research about?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the leading cause of a developmental disability (DD) that could be prevented. The quality of life of people with FASD is improved when they begin interventions at an early age. It is not yet possible to screen a fetus for FASD before birth. Tests are under development that could be used to identify newborns that have been exposed to alcohol in the womb. There are ethical concerns that must be considered before a prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) test is done. This research talks about the common ethical concerns related to screening for FASD.

What did the researchers do?

The researchers conducted a literature review using 3 databases. A variety of key words connected to FASD were used for the literature search. Ethical concerns with PAE tests were found after a review of relevant literature.

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