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

Crawford-Williams, Fiona and Fielder, Andrea and Mikocka-Walus, Antonina and Esterman, Adrian and Steen-Greaves, Mary (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, 13 (2). pp. 40-46. ISSN 1479-4489

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Abstract

Objective: To review the content and design of existing documentation regarding alcohol consumption in pregnancy that is available to pregnant women in Australia.
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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit of Accepted Version.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 23:24
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2017 06:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol, pregnancy, health education, public health, evaluation, document analysis, evidence-based midwifery
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Women's Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30065

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