Post‐partum follow up testing of women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is important. All women, and their family doctors, receive written reminders. There are no recent major Australian reviews of the efficacy and compliance with this advice conducted in an ethnically representative population and using the current diagnostic criteria.
The aim was to examine a cohort of women with recently diagnosed GDM and a completed pregnancy to determine what proportion had been tested and what were the difficulties in having testing carried out.
Women who were diagnosed with gestational diabetes and attended the Diabetes Service in 2017 were followed up in 2019. Attempted contact was made using an unidentified land line, an identifiable mobile phone and a postal survey. Compliance with testing advice was the major parameter considered.
There were 714 women with GDM, 75 were excluded: 64 after pass one and 11 after pass two. In total, only 339/639 (53.1%) could be contacted. Of these women, 334 agreed to be surveyed; 207 (62.0%) had a post‐partum test. Of the 127 women who had not had a test, 113 agreed to have an HbA1c. Only 13/113 (11.5%) had this done within a month.
Contacting women, even within a short time after the pregnancy, is difficult. The number of post‐partum tests carried out is suboptimal. Written advice to all women and their doctors does not appear to be working. A review of the cost effectiveness of this approach and development of new methods may be worthwhile.