A CATCH research scientist is part of a team that have published a paper in the British Journal of General Practice.

Dr Katherine Easton collaborated with colleagues from AUPMC (the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care), Public Health in ScHARR and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, on Reducing risk of type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes: a qualitative study to explore the potential of technology in primary care.

The paper examines the views of females diagnosed with gestational diabetes to ascertain how to improve primary care support postnatally, and the potential role of technology in reducing the risk of progression to type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Facilitators and barriers to engaging in a healthy postnatal lifestyle were identified, the most dominant being competing demands on time. Although females were generally satisfied with the secondary care they received antenatally, they felt abandoned postnatally and were uncertain what to expect from their GP in terms of follow-up and support. Females felt postnatal care could be improved by greater clarity regarding this, and enhanced by peer support, multidisciplinary input, and subsidised facilities. Technology was seen as a potential adjunct by providing information, enabling flexible and personalised self-management, and facilitating social support.

Download the full paper hereĀ http://bjgp.org/content/early/2018/02/26/bjgp18X695297