The top 10 research priorities in diabetes and pregnancy according to women, support networks and healthcare professionals

Göher Ayman, James A. Strachan, Niamh McLennan, Reem Malouf, Jack Lowe‐Zinola, Fida Magdi, Nia Roberts, Fiona Alderdice, Iuliana Berneantu, Niki Breslin, Caroline Byrne, Sonya Carnell, David Churchill, Jeannie Grisoni, Jane E. Hirst, Anna Morris, Helen R. Murphy, Jane O’Brien, Caroline Schmutz, Kamini ShahAnkita S. Singal, Mark W. J. Strachan, Katherine Cowan, Marian Knight

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Abstract

Aims: To undertake a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) to establish priorities for future research in diabetes and pregnancy, according to women with experience of pregnancy, and planning pregnancy, with any type of diabetes, their support networks and healthcare professionals.

Methods: The PSP used established James Lind Alliance (JLA) methodology working with women and their support networks and healthcare professionals UK-wide. Unanswered questions about the time before, during or after pregnancy with any type of diabetes were identified using an online survey and broad-level literature search. A second survey identified a shortlist of questions for final prioritisation at an online consensus development workshop.

Results: There were 466 responses (32% healthcare professionals) to the initial survey, with 1161 questions, which were aggregated into 60 unanswered questions. There were 614 responses (20% healthcare professionals) to the second survey and 18 questions shortlisted for ranking at the workshop. The top 10 questions were: diabetes technology, the best test for diabetes during pregnancy, diet and lifestyle interventions for diabetes management during pregnancy, emotional and well-being needs of women with diabetes pre- to post-pregnancy, safe full-term birth, post-natal care and support needs of women, diagnosis and management late in pregnancy, prevention of other types of diabetes in women with gestational diabetes, women's labour and birth experiences and choices and improving planning pregnancy.

Conclusions: These research priorities provide guidance for research funders and researchers to target research in diabetes and pregnancy that will achieve greatest value and impact.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere14588
JournalDiabetic Medicine
Volume38
Issue number8
Early online date5 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

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