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Teleclinics for management of diabetes in pregnancy

Year:
2020
Duration:
12 months
Approved budget:
$27,333.00
Researchers:
Dr Charlotte Oyston
,
Dr Karaponi Okesene-Gafa
,
Mrs Te Hao Apaapa-Timu
,
Dr Luis Villa
,
Professor Lesley McCowan CNZM
Health issue:
Diabetes
Proposal type:
Research Activation Grant 2
Lay summary
Diabetes in pregnancy (DiP) is a common complication that disproportionately affects Māori, Pacifica and Asian women. If untreated, DiP leads to poor outcomes for mothers and babies. Care for women with DiP is usually provided in large, busy clinics, which can be inefficient, with long waiting times even when time spent with the doctor or midwife is short. Due to COVID-19 we recently provided care for women through an alternative model: telephone clinics. Overseas, teleclinics have been used for care of women with DIP, with good outcomes. However the health impact, and women's perception of usefulness and satisfaction with these clinics have not been assessed in a New Zealand setting. It is important to evaluate this model of care in our setting, to ensure it is appropriate for women, and does not worsen existing health inequalities.