Drinking and smoking in pregnancy: which questions do Swiss physicians ask?

Lemola, Sakari and Grob, Alexander. (2007) Drinking and smoking in pregnancy: which questions do Swiss physicians ask? Swiss medical weekly, Vol. 137, H. 3-4. pp. 66-69.

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Background: Although drinking and smokingduring pregnancy can have hazardous effects toexposed children, a certain number of pregnantwomen continues to consume alcohol and nicotine.It was investigated whether physicians andmidwifes in Switzerland ask pregnant womenabout their drinking and smoking habits.Method: A self-report questionnaire was usedto assess whether pregnant women were screenedfor alcohol and nicotine consumption by physiciansor midwifes. Data of 368 women were includedin the analyses.Results: 30.0% reported drinking alcohol atleast once a month after pregnancy recognition,2.2% reported binge drinking and 10.1% weresmokers. Only in 36.1% of the sample drinkingduring pregnancy was addressed. The subgroup,which drank alcohol, was not more likely to beasked about drinking habits than non-drinkers. Incontrast, smoking was addressed in 66.3% of thetotal sample and it was addressed in nearly 90% ofthe smokers’ subgroup.Conclusion: A change in the screening practicein prenatal care with regard to alcohol drinkingduring pregnancy is recommended. Brief interventionscan reduce drinking during pregnancy.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Persönlichkeits- und Entwicklungspsychologie (Lemola)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Society & Choice > Entwicklungs- und Persönlichkeitspsychologie (Grob)
UniBasel Contributors:Grob, Alexander and Lemola, Sakari
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Variant title: Drinking and smoking in pregnancy: what questions do Swiss physicians ask? -- Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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