A system-based intervention to improve postpartum diabetes screening among women with gestational diabetes

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Oct;207(4):283.e1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2012.08.017. Epub 2012 Aug 16.


Objective: We sought to determine whether our process improvement program led to increased postpartum diabetes screening rates among women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).

Study design: In early 2009, we conducted obstetrics department staff education sessions, revised GDM patient care protocols, and developed an electronic system to trigger reminder calls to patients who had not completed diabetes mellitus screening by 3 months postpartum. We then evaluated the rates of postpartum glucose test order entry and completion for women with GDM delivering from July 2009 through June 2010 (n = 179) and July 2007 through June 2008 (n = 200).

Results: After the program's implementation, the proportion of women receiving an order for a postpartum glucose test within 3 months of delivery increased from 77.5-88.8% (P = .004), and test completion increased from 59.5-71.5% (hazard ratio, 1.37; 95% confidence interval, 1.07-1.75).

Conclusion: Rates of postpartum diabetes testing can be improved with system changes and reminders.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / diagnosis*
  • Diabetes, Gestational / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Humans
  • Postpartum Period / blood*
  • Pregnancy