A Systematic Review of Women's Experiences of Gestational Diabetes Healthcare Services

Mashael Hobani*, Timothy Doran, Amanda Jayne Mason-Jones

*Corresponding author for this work

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It is crucial to provide quality care to women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), as it is one of the most common pregnancy complications. Therefore, it is crucial to identify the factors hindering the quality of GDM care.

The aim of this review is to present the opinions and experiences of women who have been treated for gestational diabetes regarding the quality of care they received.

The systematic review included all studies focusing on women’s opinions and experiences during treatment for GDM. The sample included qualitative studies that employed interviews and focus groups used as data collection methods. Information sources included databases such as MEDLINE, EMBASE, PubMed, CINHAL, and ASSIA. The Critical Appraisal Skills Program (CASP) was used
to assess the studies for risk bias. The data was synthesized using a narrative approach.

Seven studies met the eligibility criteria. The themes identified included limited access to healthcare services, lack of patient-centered care, lack of professional and materials resources for GDM and patients’ limited financial resources.

Women with GDM face common challenges when seeking healthcare services, including limited access to healthcare services, lack of patient-centered care, unavailability of GDM resources, and patients’ inadequate financial resources.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2023


  • Gestational diabetes, patient experience, systematic review, qualitative, quality, patient-centred, access, equity

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