HAD_216-17 DSMES Outcomes Study
Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a telehealth intervention to augment clinical and psychosocial management of gestational diabetes in a randomized cohort of ethnically diverse patients
The purpose of this study is to compare the usefulness of incorporating telehealth to enhance GDM management in patients compared to those who receive routine care GDM management (i.e. without the addition of telehealth to their care plan). Pregnancies complicated by GDM involve an increased risk of serious perinatal and postpartum complications for both the mother and baby. Optimal management of GDM is critical to ensure successful maternal and fetal outcomes during pregnancy and for improving their health-related outcomes after delivery. Past research has demonstrated substantial psychological and behavioral challenges that patients experience as part of GDM management, which hinders their ability to optimally self-manage this condition. Education and support programs delivered by multidisciplinary teams of educators and other healthcare professionals can help women with GDM achieve their glycemic targets and manage their condition effectively. Our previous work exploring gaps in care of women with GDM highlighted their need for accessing GDM management information and related education more conveniently and quickly. Telehealth has the potential to bridge this gap and help women with GDM effectively and conveniently engage in their healthcare.
Harsimron Singh, PhD