Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Screening by Health Care Provider: A Mixed Methods Study - DOH-Net
The Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension in Pregnancy Research Network (DOH-Net) is a multi-disciplinary research team of obstetrical, midwifery and maternal-fetal medicine specialists.
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Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Screening by Health Care Provider: A Mixed Methods Study

The occurrence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during pregnancy is associated with the development of large for gestational age (LGA) infant at birth. LGA can lead to a number of adverse outcomes for the mother and child including prolonged labor, cesarean delivery, birth trauma and intrauterine death. The child is also at an increased risk for developing diabetes, obesity and cancer later in life.

The Canadian Diabetes Association and Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada recommend routine screening for GDM to manage it and prevent adverse outcomes such as LGA. However, new evidence suggests that midwives, family physicians and obstetricians may be approaching screening differently resulting in missed opportunities for the management of GDM and the prevention of LGA.

In this study, we aim to learn more about GDM screening and information during pregnancy by asking new moms and health care providers such as midwives, family physicians and obstetricians in Hamilton, Ottawa and Sudbury to describe their experiences.  Findings of this study will help us to improve GDM screening and counselling practices of health care providers and improve health outcomes for mothers and babies.

Participants will take part in a brief one-on-one phone interview with the research study coordinator (approximately 30 minutes).

Contact for this study:
Tracy Woodford (woodfor@mcmaster.ca)