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Who's responsible for the care of women during and after a pregnancy affected by gestational diabetes?

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posted on 2024-06-03, 08:31 authored by SA Wilkinson, SS Lim, S Upham, A Pennington, SL O'Reilly, D Asproloupos, HD McIntyre, James DunbarJames Dunbar
Despite its increasing incidence and high conferred risk to women and their children, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is managed inconsistently during and after pregnancy due to an absence of a systemic approach to managing these women. New guidelines for GDM testing and diagnosis are based on stronger evidence, but raise concerns about increased workloads and confusion in a landscape of multiple, conflicting guidelines. Postnatal care and long-term preventive measures are particularly fragmented, with no professional group taking responsibility for this crucial role. Clearer guidelines and assistance from existing frameworks, such as the National Gestational Diabetes Register, could enable general practitioners to take ownership of the management of women at risk of type 2 diabetes following GDM, applying the principles of chronic disease management long term.

History

Journal

Medical journal of Australia

Volume

201

Pagination

78-81

Location

Strawberry Hills, NSW

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

0025-729X

eISSN

1326-5377

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, Australasian Medical Publishing Company

Issue

3 Suppl

Publisher

Australasian Medical Publishing Company