Women's views on postpartum testing for type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes: Six month follow-up to the DIAMIND randomised controlled trial

E. M. Van Ryswyk, P. F. Middleton, W. M. Hague, C. A. Crowther

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Background This study assessed the views of the women who participated in the DIAMIND randomised trial of postpartum SMS reminders to test for type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes (GDM) on their preferred type of postpartum reminder system and barriers and facilitators to completion of postpartum diabetes testing. Method A written questionnaire was sent to women with recent GDM who participated in the DIAMIND trial (n = 276) via post or email at six months after the birth of their baby. Results 208 women (75%) returned the study questionnaires. Preferred postpartum reminder types were: SMS (67%), email (17%), postal (12%) and voice call (1%). Women who had not yet completed an OGTT indicated that they planned to undertake one in the future (61%). Common barriers to postpartum OGTT completion included: not having enough time (73%), inadequate childcare (30%), and a need to focus on the health of the baby (30%). The most common facilitator was having a shorter test (33%). Conclusions Improved childcare quality and access as well as more research into a shorter, more convenient test procedure for type 2 diabetes screening are needed. Reminder systems for postpartum diabetes screening should be electronic where possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-102
Number of pages12
JournalPrimary Care Diabetes
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Apr 2016


  • Gestational diabetes mellitus
  • Postpartum care
  • Screening
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Women's views

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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