A public health intervention to change knowledge, attitudes and behaviour regarding alcohol consumption in pregnancy

Fiona Crawford-Williams, Andrea Fielder, Antonina Mikocka-Walus, Adrian Esterman, Mary Steen

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Abstract

This paper aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a public health intervention aimed at changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. A non-blinded parallel group randomised controlled trial of pregnant women over 18 years of age. Women were recruited in the second trimester and assigned to one of two treatment groups. Both groups completed an initial questionnaire assessing knowledge, attitudes, and practices relating to alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The intervention group then received a mocktail recipe booklet and participants were asked to share the information with their partner. The control group received standard antenatal care. A follow-up questionnaire was conducted four weeks post birth. A total of 161 participants were recruited at baseline (intervention = 82, control = 79) and 96 participants completed the trial (intervention = 49, control = 47). The findings suggest that the mocktail booklet was effective at improving knowledge (p<0.001; effect size 0.80) and improving attitudes towards drinking during pregnancy (p=0.017; effect size 0.43) in the intervention group compared to the control group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-10
Number of pages7
JournalEvidence Based Midwifery
Volume14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Evidence-based midwifery
  • FASD
  • Health promotion
  • Pregnancy

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