A New Medication Algorithm for Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Last modified by Jose Gauthier on 2020/11/16 19:48

Many individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) receive medical treatment that is poorly managed, and are often prescribed a high number of psychotropic medications by their doctors. This is partly because doctors have little guidance when prescribing medications for their patients with FASD. A panel of experts recently developed a new medication algorithm to help guide treatment for FASD. The algorithm is a "decision-tree" type guide to help doctors decide which medications to prescribe for individuals with FASD based on their symptoms. The algorithm can be applied to adults, as well as children and adolescents aged 7 and above. The algorithm will help to reduce the number of medications prescribed for individuals with FASD, and ultimately improve their quality of life. Dr. Mela will describe how the algorithm was developed, how doctors may be able to use it in their practice, and how individuals with FASD and/or their caregivers may be able to ask their doctors to use the algorithm in their treatment.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the reasons for poor quality of medical care for individuals with FASD, and the consequences
2. Identify how a medication algorithm can improve the quality of care for individuals with FASD
3. Gain a basic understanding of how to use the medication algorithm in treatment for individuals with FASD

Primary Audiences:
Patient/family partners/advocates,
Front line service providers

Dr. Mansfield Mela, MBBS, FWACP, FRCPsych, MSc, FRCPC
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan, is an academic forensic psychiatrist & a founder of the forensic subspecialty in Canada. He is also the current director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies. As an expert he has been called upon to testify on various aspects of the interface of law & psychiatry. This includes criminal & civil matters. He is an associate faculty member of the College of Law & teaches medical and law undergraduate and post graduate students; a member of the Saskatchewan Review Board & the Saskatchewan Physician Health program; and the head of the interdisciplinary research team of academic professionals in the area of forensic mental health in the University of Saskatchewan. His research focuses on psycholegal aspects of forensic mental health, with specific interests and expertise in the area of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

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Created by Logan Green on 2020/10/27 17:53