Increasing Screening for Type 2 Diabetes in Women With Previous Gestational Diabetes.
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In 1998, The Canadian Diabetes Association published guidelines that recommended women diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM,) should be screened postpartum for Type 2 diabetes using a glucose tolerance test. We determined the rate of screening for Type 2 diabetes at the Ottawa Hospital before and after the publication of this guideline and found that none of the women in either period had been screened following this recommendation. We believe a reminder letter outlining the recommended screening test sent to the patient and/or her family physician would increase screening for Type 2 diabetes in women with previous GDM.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
All women, who are pregnant and attend the High Risk Pregnancy Unit and who have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes will be considered for inclusion in the study.
1. Patient does not have a Family Physician 2. Patient's Family Physician already has a patient enrolled in the study 3. Patient already enrolled in the study for a previous pregnancy 4. Unable to give informed consent in English or French 5. History of pre-gestational diabetes mellitus 6. Intra-uterine fetal death or still birth