The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the United Kingdom has recently released a new clinical guideline entitled Pregnancy and complex social factors: a model for service provision for pregnant women with complex social factors.
This new guideline has been written for professional who are routinely involved in the care of pregnant women, including GPs, midwives and other primary care professionals and is based on principles of women-centred care. While the authors address a broad range of complex social factors, the recommendations are specific to four groups, including:
- women who misuse substances (alcohol and/or drugs)
- women who are recent migrants, asylum seekers or refugees, or who have difficulty reading or speaking English
- young women aged under 20, and
- women who experience domestic abuse.
There are a number of other recent NICE publications related to pregnancy and alcohol, including:
- Alcohol-use disorders: clinical management. NICE clinical guideline 100 (2010)
- Alcohol-use disorders: preventing harmful drinking. NICE public health guidance 24 (2010).
National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health. (2010). Pregnancy and complex social factors: a model for service provision for pregnant women with complex social factors. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, clinical guideline 110. Download at http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/live/13167/50822/50822.pdf