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Type: Journal article
Title: Women's views on their diagnosis and management for borderline gestational diabetes mellitus
Author: Han, S.
Middleton, P.
Bubner, T.
Crowther, C.
Citation: Journal of Diabetes Research, 2015; 2015:209215-1-209215-9
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 2314-6745
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Shanshan Han, Philippa F. Middleton, Tanya K. Bubner, and Caroline A. Crowther
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Little is known about women's views relating to a diagnosis of borderline gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and the subsequent management. This study aimed to explore women's experiences after being diagnosed with borderline GDM, their attitudes about treatment, and factors important to them for achieving any lifestyle changes. METHODS: We conducted face-to-face, semistructured interviews with women diagnosed with borderline GDM. RESULTS: A total of 22 women were interviewed. After a diagnosis of borderline GDM, 14 (64%) women reported not being concerned or worried. Management of borderline GDM was thought by 21 (95%) women to be very important or important. Eighteen (82%) women planned to improve their diet and/or exercise to manage their borderline GDM. The most frequently mentioned enabler for achieving intended lifestyle change was being more motivated to improve the health of their baby and/or themselves (15 women). The most frequent barrier was tiredness and/or being physically unwell (11 women). CONCLUSIONS: A diagnosis of borderline GDM caused some concern to one-third of women interviewed. The majority of women believed managing their borderline GDM was important and they planned to improve their lifestyle. Women's own and their babies' future health were powerful motivators for lifestyle change.
Keywords: Humans
Diabetes, Gestational
Glucose Intolerance
Glucose Tolerance Test
Attitude to Health
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Life Style
Patient Participation
Interviews as Topic
Young Adult
Rights: Copyright © 2015 Shanshan Han et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
DOI: 10.1155/2015/209215
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