Results of a Nurse-Led Workshop Designed to Prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder


Linda M. Caley, School of Nursing, University at Buffalo, Kimball Tower 801, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214-3079. E-mail:


ABSTRACT Preventing the negative consequences of prenatal exposure to alcohol remains an unmet challenge. This paper presents the results of a workshop, designed to increase the implementation of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) prevention interventions in 8 counties of New York. The workshop was based on constructivist learning theory and used the Population-Based Public Health Nursing Intervention Model as the structure for discussing potential interventions. The number and type of FASD interventions implemented were determined by surveys sent out postworkshop to 167 participants. At 4 months postworkshop, 37 participants reported implementing 226 primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions in 74 different worksites. The results indicate that incorporation of constructivist learning theory shows promise for future public health and continuing education programs aimed at changing or enhancing practice.