Objectives: To explore factors associated with postpartum glucose screening among women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). Methods: A retrospective study using linked records from women with GDM who gave birth at Cairns Hospital in Far North Queensland, Australia, from 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2010. Results: The rates of postpartum Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) screening, while having increased significantly among both Indigenous* and non-Indigenous women from 2004 to 2010 (HR 1.15 per year, 95 CI 1.08-1.22, p5 (HR 0.33, 0.12-0.90, p=0.03); smoked (HR 0.48, 0.31-0.76, p=0.001); and did not breastfeed (HR 0.09, 0.01-0.64, p=0.02). Conclusions: Postpartum diabetes screening rates following GDM in Far North Queensland are low, particularly among Indigenous women, with lower rates seen in the regional centre; and among non-Indigenous women with indicators of low socioeconomic status. Implications: Strategies are urgently needed to improve postpartum diabetes screening after GDM that reach women most at risk.
|Pages (from-to)||69 - 76|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
Chamberlain, C. R., Fredericks, B. L., McLean, A., Oldenburg, B. F., Mein, J., & Wolfe, R. S. J. (2015). Associations with low rates of postpartum glucose screening after gestational diabetes among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian women. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(1), 69 - 76. https://doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12285