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Healthcare professionals asked to prioritise diabetes and pregnancy research

By Editor
2nd October 2019
Pregnancy, Research

Healthcare professionals are being asked to contribute to research that will benefit women and their families   who are affected by diabetes and pregnancy.

The project team will work with women, their families and healthcare professionals to identify where little is known, or where there are uncertainties about healthcare and wellbeing in diabetes and pregnancy. Those involved will agree a top 1o list of priority research questions, which will be shared with funders of health research.

It will be  led by the University of Oxford  and will identify the areas of research that are most important to the people concerned by diabetes before, during and after pregnancy.

‘Identify uncertainties’

Project co-lead, Dr Goher Ayman, from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, said: “More research is needed to help provide the best healthcare for women with or at risk of diabetes, who are planning pregnancy or are pregnant.

“We want to work with women, their support networks, and healthcare professionals to identify uncertainties about the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and health impacts of pregnancy with diabetes of any type. We are currently inviting people to tell us their questions about diabetes and pregnancy by completing our survey. Their questions will be used to produce a shortlist of priority research topics.”

The project will follow an established process developed by the James Lind Alliance, an initiative that aims to help direct research funding towards the issues that matter most to people with diabetes and clinicians.

Karen Addington, UK Chief Executive of the type 1 diabetes charity JDRF, said: “This is a superb opportunity for women living with type 1 diabetes to help shape diabetes research, via their own insights and experiences. We need the outcomes that matter to them to be increasingly at the heart of research design.”

To find out more or participate in the project, click here. The project team are looking for input from those affected by all types of diabetes, including pregnancy with pre-existing diabetes, and gestational diabetes which develops during pregnancy.

The project is funded by the University of Oxford John Fell Fund, the Nuffield Department of Population Health, and the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation. Project partners are: the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation, Diabetes UK, the James Lind Alliance, JDRF the type 1 diabetes charity, the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, and the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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