AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange offers innovative solutions to caring for women with gestational diabetes
Research Activities, March 2011, No. 367
Approximately 7 percent of pregnancies in the United States are complicated by gestational diabetes, which is a risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes. The Health Care Innovations Exchange at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers health care professionals practical tools to educate themselves and pregnant women about gestational diabetes, and for caring for women with the condition during and after pregnancy.
The Innovations Exchange also offers innovative approaches to addressing high-risk pregnancies that can lead to premature babies and other complications. The Partners in Pregnancy Program provides telephone case management and periodic home visits from registered nurses to pregnant women with Type 2 diabetes or other risk factors receiving Medicaid benefits. A Medicaid managed care plan uses cell phone text messaging to send members with Type 2 diabetes monthly educational messages and appointment reminders for glucose testing. This program has been expanded to pregnant women to educate and remind them about pre-and post-natal care.
Additional innovations related to Type 2 diabetes and pregnancy are available on the Innovations Exchange Web site (http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov), a searchable database of more than 500 innovations and 1,550 quality tools.