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Recommendations to detect type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes

By Editor
28th December 2018
Pregnancy, Research Type 2 diabetes

A series of recommendations to detect type 2 diabetes following gestational diabetes have been produced.

The guidance was developed as part of an Australian study, published by Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, which explored why postnatal screening rates to detect the condition on the back of gestational diabetes are low.

Researchers from the University of Queensland looked at the communication perspectives, practices and preferences of women, hospital clinicians and general practitioners, to determine strategies that may promote completion of recommended postnatal gestational diabetes follow-up.

Mothers, hospital clinicians and general practitioners were interviewed and a retrospective chart audit assessed current practice in postnatal discharge summaries of women. The final phase of the research involved an online survey, which identified the preferences of general practitioners and hospital clinicians who provide maternity care in Queensland.

Three themes emerged from the findings, including:

  • Seeking information
  • Written hospital discharge summary (discharge summary)
  • Clarity of follow-up requirements, provide direction for pragmatic strategies to promote follow-up

The researchers commented: “Practical recommendations include continued discussion about care with women from the point of GDM diagnosis into the postnatal period; discharge summaries that give primacy to diagnosis and ongoing treatment; and provision of explicit directions for recommended testing and timing.”

To access the study, click here.

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