Improving models of care for diabetes in pregnancy: Experience of current practice in Far North Queensland, Australia

Anna McLean, Renae Kirkham, Sandra Campbell, Cherie Whitbread, Jennifer Barrett, Christine Connors, Jacqueline Boyle, Alex Brown, Jacqueline Mein, Mark Wenitong, David McIntyre, Federica Barzi, Jeremy Oats, Ashim Sinha, Louise Maple-Brown

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Aims: To map health practitioners' experiences and describe knowledge regarding screening and management of Diabetes in Pregnancy (DIP) in Far North Queensland, Australia. Methods: Mixed methods including a cross-sectional survey (101 respondents) and 8 focus groups with 61 health practitioners. All participants provided clinical care for women with DIP. Results: A wide range of healthcare professionals participated; 96% worked with Indigenous women, and 63% were from regional or remote work settings. Universal screening for gestational diabetes at 24-28 weeks gestation was reported as routine with 87% using a 75g Oral Glucose Tolerance Test. Early screening for DIP was reported by 61% although there was large variation in screening methods and who should be screened < 24 weeks. Health practitioners were confident providing lifestyle advice (88%), dietary and blood glucose monitoring education (67%, 81%) but only 50% were confident giving insulin education. Electronic medical records were used by 80% but 55% also used paper records. Dissatisfaction with information from hospitals was reported by 40%. In the focus groups improving communication and information technology systems were identified as key areas. Other barriers described were difficulties in care coordination and access for remote women. Conclusion: Communication, information technology systems, coordination of care and education for health professionals are key areas that will be addressed by a complex health systems intervention being undertaken by the DIP Partnership in North Queensland.

LanguageEnglish
Article number192
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Volume7
Issue numberJUN
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Access to health care
  • Care coordination
  • Diabetes in pregnancy
  • Diabetes management
  • Gestational diabetes - mellitus
  • Model of care
  • Screening practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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McLean, A., Kirkham, R., Campbell, S., Whitbread, C., Barrett, J., Connors, C., ... Maple-Brown, L. (2019). Improving models of care for diabetes in pregnancy: Experience of current practice in Far North Queensland, Australia. Frontiers in Public Health, 7(JUN), [192]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2019.00192
McLean, Anna ; Kirkham, Renae ; Campbell, Sandra ; Whitbread, Cherie ; Barrett, Jennifer ; Connors, Christine ; Boyle, Jacqueline ; Brown, Alex ; Mein, Jacqueline ; Wenitong, Mark ; McIntyre, David ; Barzi, Federica ; Oats, Jeremy ; Sinha, Ashim ; Maple-Brown, Louise. / Improving models of care for diabetes in pregnancy : Experience of current practice in Far North Queensland, Australia. In: Frontiers in Public Health. 2019 ; Vol. 7, No. JUN.
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