Endocrine Abstracts (2017) 50 P229 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.50.P229

Antenatal gestational diabetes mellitus care - An audit on follow-up visits and antenatal attendance

Catherine McHugh & Abuelmagd Abdalla


Sligo University Hospital, Sligo, Ireland.


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.

Table 1 Overall study findings.
CharacteristicsFrequency
Total no.117
Non-Irish25 (21%)
Mean age (S.D.)33.9 (5.77)
Antenatal GDM DNAs61 visits
Antenatal Obstetric DNAs31 visits

Results: 31.6% of GDM patients didn’t 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.

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