Personal letter helps pregnant women with gestational diabetes

April 19, 2018 - By Edwin Martin

Personal letter helps pregnant women with gestational diabetes

Personal letter helps pregnant women with gestational diabetes

The new research suggests that personal medical care with tailored letters may help pregnant women with gestational diabetes effectively than common practice.

They showed a better response to treatment and stayed in better shape comparing to women with usual care.

The new study was published in Diabetes Care. One of the leading scientists of this project is Monique M Hedderson, PhD from Oakland Kaiser Permanente Northern California research center. She said that individual letter is more personal. Women prefer to follow its recommendations during pregnancy.

The letter consisted information from health records of patients and sent to women on behalf of the whole health care system.

Doctor Hedderson says that this small and very simple improvement in health care may raise positive effects among pregnant women suffering from diabetes.

Another author of the study, Doctor Susan D. Brown, says that women with gestational diabetes can gain too much weight during pregnancy which will raise risks of complications and development of type 2 diabetes in the future. Their research can help with one easy improvement to change the situation for better.

Researchers checked 44 medical establishments, randomly assigned women with a multi-component intervention of lifestyle or usual care.

Usual care included 1-2 calls by phone from nurses in one week, health education materials in a packet. Multi-component intervention included tailored letter itself.

Each letter consisted of personal recommendations to patients for their weight management based on their analysis, weight goals at the end of pregnancy, recommendations on after pregnancy period, small tips of lifestyle, and information on the positive effect of weight loss. Besides that, there were 13 phone sessions with the coach after the delivery.

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