Alcohol Use, Women’s Health and Pregnancy: Comprehensive Approaches to Preventing Problems Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
The purpose of this self-learning course is to provide up-to-date training and information to health care providers to address alcohol use by women of reproductive age and pregnant women, by introducing strategies for health promotion, early detection and motivation for change in this specific population group.
One of the most important and updated reference materials for this self-learning course is the World Health Organization (WHO) guide “Guidelines for the identification and management of substance use and substance use in pregnancy”. Published in 2014, these guidelines were developed by an extensive working group involving experts from various institutions and countries, who conducted systematic literature reviews to identify the most relevant evidence currently available on the subject. Click on the following link to download the document: http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/pregnancy_guidelines
The online course “Alcohol Use, Women’s Health and Pregnancy: Comprehensive Approaches to Preventing Problems Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure”, is an initiative of the Pan American Health Organization. In 7 modules and final evaluation, this free self-learning tool primarily aims to capacitate health professionals in addressing issues related to alcohol use by women of reproductive age and pregnant women by touching on strategies for early detection, motivation for change and health promotion in this target group. The theme areas covered in the course include:
- Background on alcohol use and women’s health
- Background on alcohol use and health of the pregnant woman
- Implications of alcohol use in gestation for the fetus and child
- Problems of alcohol as related to family relationships
- Identification of alcohol use during pregnancy
- Brief interventions and treatment
- Implementation and health promotion
The online course is now available in Spanish and should take around eight hours to complete.
It has been designed for health professionals, including nurses, psychologists, doctors, and community health workers, as well as others who work in primary health care, maternal health and mental health.
The course consists of seven modules: alcohol use and women’s health; alcohol consumption and pregnant women’s health; the impact of alcohol consumption in pregnancy on the fetus and the newborn; family relationships; identifying alcohol use during pregnancy; short interventions and treatment; and health implementation and promotion.