Objective To evaluate satisfaction with diagnosis, risk perceptions, and health beliefs among women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Methods In a cross-sectional questionnaire-based study, participants with GDM diagnosed after 26 weeks of pregnancy were recruited from hospital-based services at Monash Health (Melbourne, VIC, Australia) and through newspaper advertisements between 2008 and 2010. Eligible participants - aged at least 18 years and able to read English - completed a questionnaire. Results Among 46 women who completed the questionnaire, 38 (83 ) were satisfied with the explanation of the GDM screening test and 31 (67 ) felt that the results were explained well. Generally, women were satisfied with the information provided about lifestyle management (29 [81 of 36) and medical therapy (26 [72 of 36). Most women (41 [89 ) associated poor GDM control with perinatal complications. Additionally, many participants thought that insulin (35 [76 ) and lifestyle changes (30 [65 ) could reduce macrosomia. A total of 37 (82 ) of 45 women perceived that they were at risk of future GDM, and 33 (73 ) thought they had an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Most women believed that they could change these risks (29 [64 and 37 [82 of 45, respectively). Conclusion Women were largely positive about their experience of GDM diagnosis. Explanation of the screening test and provision of information could be improved. Risk perception was reasonable.
|Pages (from-to)||46 - 49|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|