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Improving Postpartum Glucose Monitoring in Women with Gestational Diabetes
by Dembowitz, Marti, M.P.H., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2015, 25; 1595257
Abstract (Summary)

OBJECTIVE: To improve 6-week postpartum visit attendance, glucose test ordering, and test completion among postpartum GDM patients.

METHODS: Pre- and post-intervention GDM women at Mount Sinai were studied via chart review. Interventions included advanced order sets for glucose monitoring at the 35-week pregnancy visit, educational modules, and nutritionist phone calls reminding patients to attend postpartum visits fasting.

RESULTS: 107 pre-intervention and 42 post-intervention women were studied. Percentages of orders placed for postpartum testing was higher post-intervention vs. pre-intervention (57% vs. 42%, p=0.03). There were higher test completion rates post-intervention vs. pre-intervention (36% vs. 17%, p=0.01). Postpartum visit attendance rates didn’t vary between groups (73% vs. 69% p=0.60). 6% pre-intervention fasted for postpartum visits vs. 60% post-intervention.

CONCLUSION: There was no increase in women attending their 6-week postpartum visits, yet rates of completed orders for postpartum testing, women attending visits fasting, and postpartum test completions were higher post-intervention. More research may identify the barriers to attendance at 6-week post-partum visits.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Factor, Stephanie H., Stone, Joanne
School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Department: Public Health
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Medicine, Public health
Keywords: Gestational diabetes, Postpartum screening
Publication Number: 1595257
ISBN: 978-1-321-93665-0
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