An educational resource for women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Summary

GDM is associated with increased perinatal morbidity and a 7-fold risk of developing type 2 diabetes in later life compared with normoglycaemic pregnancies. Approximately 5% of UK pregnancies are diagnosed with GDM. Funded by the International Diabetes Federation the aim of Queen's University Belfast's resource 'GDM: Things you need to know, but maybe don't!' is to improve the patient experience of every woman diagnosed with GDM during their pregnancy. Originally produced as a DVD in four languages (English, Urdu, Arabic and Somali) and later converted to a website (www. womenwithgestationaldiabetes.com), it was evaluated in a multi-centre randomised controlled trial among 150 multi-ethnic women with newly diagnosed GDM in three UK hospitals. It is now used routinely in patient education and, via the use of social media, usage of the website is growing from patients globally.

Challenge

GDM is associated with increased perinatal morbidity and a seven-fold risk of developing type 2 diabetes in later life compared with normoglycaemic pregnancies. Approximately 5% of UK pregnancies are diagnosed with GDM. There is a dearth of patient-friendly support material on this serious condition.

Objectives

To design, develop, pilot and evaluate an effective educational tool for improving the patient experience of every woman diagnosed with GDM, leading to a sense of empowerment and allowing woman to regain control of their lives. To educate women to make changes to their diet and lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes.

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QiC Diabetes Winner 2016
Empowering People with Diabetes – Adults
An educational resource for women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
by Queen’s University Belfast; Belfast Health and Social Care Trust; South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust; Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust Foundation


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