Development of a continuing professional development website to raise awareness of preconception counselling and pre-pregnancy care for Women with Diabetes

Aisling Gough, Fiona A. Alderdice, David R. McCance, R. Harper, Valerie A. Holmes

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Abstract

Aims: Pre-pregnancy care reduces the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with diabetes, yet the majority of women receive suboptimal care due to poor preconception counselling rates and a lack of awareness about the importance of specialised pre-pregnancy care. The primary aim was to develop a continuing professional development (CPD) resource for healthcare professionals (HCPs) who work with women with diabetes to facilitate preconception counselling with this group.

Methods: The website was developed under the direction of a multidisciplinary team, adhering to NICE guidelines. The tone, key messages and format are informed by the “Women with Diabetes” preconception counselling website, www.womenwithdiabetes.net, an existing resource which is effective in helping women to be better prepared for pregnancy.Results: This e-learning resource will give HCPs the necessary knowledge and tools to prepare women with diabetes to plan for pregnancy. The website features women with diabetes sharing their views and experiences, alongside an evidence-based commentary and key messages from research papers and clinical guidelines. It comprises two modules: “Planning for Pregnancy”, focusing on contraception, risks and planning; and “Diabetes and Pregnancy”, focusing on support during pregnancy with an overview of each trimester of pregnancy.

Conclusion: This website will be a useful CPD resource for all HCPs working with women with diabetes, providing a certificate on completion. This resource will empower HCPs to engage in preconception counselling with women with diabetes by providing the HCP with a greater understanding of the specific needs of women with diabetes both preconception and during pregnancy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Oct 2014
EventRoyal College of Midwives/Irish Nurse Midwife Organisation Annual Conference - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 16 Oct 2014 → …

Conference

ConferenceRoyal College of Midwives/Irish Nurse Midwife Organisation Annual Conference
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period16/10/2014 → …

Bibliographical note

Presented at the following events:
All Ireland Midwifery Conference 2014, Dublin, 16th October, 2014. Poster Presentation.
The National Conference of the Primary Care Diabetes Society, Birmingham, 20-21st November 2014. Poster Presentation.
Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Primary Care Conference, Liverpool, 2-4th October, 2014. Poster Presentation.

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