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Does the poor quality of Australian health education documentation undermine the message? A review of documents informing pregnant women about alcohol

Crawford-Williams, Fiona, Fielder, Andrea, Mikocka-Walus, Antonina and Esterman, Adrian 2015, Does the poor quality of Australian health education documentation undermine the message? A review of documents informing pregnant women about alcohol, Evidence based midwifery, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 40-46.

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Title Does the poor quality of Australian health education documentation undermine the message? A review of documents informing pregnant women about alcohol
Author(s) Crawford-Williams, Fiona
Fielder, Andrea
Mikocka-Walus, AntoninaORCID iD for Mikocka-Walus, Antonina orcid.org/0000-0003-4864-3956
Esterman, Adrian
Journal name Evidence based midwifery
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 40
End page 46
Total pages 7
Publisher Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1479-4489
Keyword(s) alcohol
pregnancy
health education
public health
evaluation
document analysis
evidence-based midwifery
Summary Background. The advice given to pregnant women about alcohol consumption during pregnancy is variable across countries and within countries.Aim. The aim of this study was to review the content and design of existing Australian health education documentation regarding alcohol consumption in pregnancy that is available to pregnant women. Methods. A documentary analysis was conducted. This involved the identification and collection of a range of health education documents, which were then systematically analysed. The thematic and symbolic elements of each document were compared and contrasted using a modified version of the DISCERN instrument. Findings. A total of 32 documents were retrieved via general and targeted internet searching. Documents varied considerably in their purpose, language levels, accessibility, and quality. The majority of documents scored as low to moderate quality. Implications. Although there are many and varied existing documents relating to alcohol consumption during pregnancy in Australia, these are not of high quality and could be substantially improved by including publication dates, using simple language, and providing sources of information. This may result in a more effective public health message and so help to reduce the number of pregnant women who continue to drink during pregnancy.
Language eng
Field of Research 111006 Midwifery
111714 Mental Health
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
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