Prenatal substance use is a significant problem in the United States. Identifying and treating pregnant substance users is important not only for their health, but for the health of their unborn child. The best way to identify pregnant substance users is to universally screen every pregnant patient. Women who screen positive have the greatest chance of improvement if they are immediately given a brief intervention with the utilization of motivational interviewing followed by a referral to the appropriate resources in the community. This study explores the screening and intervention practices of obstetrical providers in Ventura County, California.
|Commitee:||Cooper, Phyllis, Forouzesh, Mohammed|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Medicine, Public health, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Alcohol, Illicit drugs, Prenatal care, Screening, Substance use, Tobacco|
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