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Finding answers, improving outcomes: a case study of the Canada fetal alcohol spectrum disorder research network

Dorothy Badry (Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada)
Kelly D. Coons-Harding (Department of Psychology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada)
Jocelynn Cook (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada)
Alan Bocking (Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada)

Advances in Dual Diagnosis

ISSN: 1757-0972

Article publication date: 10 December 2018

Issue publication date: 28 February 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a profile of the Canada fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (CanFASD) research network which is descriptive in nature and profiles the work of the network and its national activities. CanFASD is a unique Canadian, non-governmental organization whose aim is to engage cross-disciplinary research and knowledge translation for stakeholders and partners including communities, policy makers and governments.

Design/methodology/approach

A case study approach was undertaken to describe the network whose main focus and purpose is specifically research related to FASD.

Findings

The creation of CanFASD has contributed to a strong network of researchers on key topic areas including diagnosis, prevention, intervention, justice and child welfare, with a focus on evidence-based decision making, research and knowledge exchange. A key role of the network is to provide access to research and education on FASD nationally.

Research limitations/implications

A case study approach, while descriptive, does not provide the details of specific research projects.

Originality/value

CanFASD has had a key role in stimulating meaningful dialogue and research in the field of FASD. The need exists to collaboratively work on a national and international basis in response to the distinct challenges posed by FASD for individuals, families and society.

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Citation

Badry, D., Coons-Harding, K.D., Cook, J. and Bocking, A. (2019), "Finding answers, improving outcomes: a case study of the Canada fetal alcohol spectrum disorder research network", Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Vol. 12 No. 1/2, pp. 53-61. https://doi.org/10.1108/ADD-05-2018-0006

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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