Introduction: Currently there is no published data nationally in the rate of lost appointments for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) care during the antenatal period.
Objective: To determine the rate of did not attend appointments (DNAs) for patients with GDM during their antenatal period and the differences in attendance between GDM and obstetric follow-up visits and their associated factors.
Methods: A retrospective examination of all the newly diagnosed patients with GDM during 2016 was conducted.
|Mean age (S.D.)||33.9 (5.77)|
|Antenatal GDM DNAs||61 visits|
|Antenatal Obstetric DNAs||31 visits|
Results: 31.6% of GDM patients didnt attend for at least 1 visit during their antenatal period compared to 12% of obstetric visits (P-value <0.0001). They attended 3 visits in average during their pregnancy. There was a significant difference between the age of regular attendants and non-attendants (mean age 35 vs 30 respectively). Most Irish patients (72.8%) attended their appointments regularly compared to only 52% of non-Irish nationals. Age & nationality appeared to influence the DNA rate.