Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 20, Supplement 1, pp 71–80 | Cite as

The Ohio Gestational Diabetes Postpartum Care Learning Collaborative: Development of a Quality Improvement Initiative to Improve Systems of Care for Women

  • Cynthia Shellhaas
  • Elizabeth Conrey
  • Dushka Crane
  • Allison Lorenz
  • Andrew Wapner
  • Reena Oza-Frank
  • Jo Bouchard


Objectives To improve clinical practice and increase postpartum visit Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) screening rates in women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Methods We recruited clinical sites with at least half of pregnant patients enrolled in Medicaid to participate in an 18-month quality improvement (QI) project. To support clinical practice changes, we developed provider and patient toolkits with educational and clinical practice resources. Clinical subject-matter experts facilitated a learning network to train sites and promote discussion and learning among sites. Sites submitted data from patient chart reviews monthly for key measures that we used to provide rapid-cycle feedback. Providers were surveyed at completion regarding toolkit usefulness and satisfaction. Results Of fifteen practices recruited, twelve remained actively engaged. We disseminated more than 70 provider and 2345 patient toolkits. Documented delivery of patient education improved for timely GDM prenatal screening, reduction of future T2DM risk, smoking cessation, and family planning. Sites reported toolkits were useful and easy to use. Of women for whom postpartum data were available, 67 % had a documented postpartum visit and 33 % had a postpartum T2DM screen. Lack of information sharing between prenatal and postpartum care providers was are barriers to provision and documentation of care. Conclusions for Practice QI and toolkit resources may improve the quality of prenatal education. However, postpartum care did not reach optimal levels. Future work should focus on strategies to support coordination of care between obstetrical and primary care providers.


Gestational diabetes Quality improvement Postpartum care 



Clinical subject matter experts: Steven Gabbe MD; Mark Landon, MD; Stephen Thung, MD—The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Toolkit development: Health Services Advisory Group—Phoenix, Arizona. Pilot sites: Akron Children’s Hospital Maternal Fetal Medicine—Akron, Ohio; Center for Health Services at Promedica—Toledo, Ohio; Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio; Diabetes Wellness Center of Atrium Medical Center—Middletown, Ohio; Madison County Hospital—London, Ohio; Mercer Health Disease Management Clinic—Coldwater, Ohio; Mercy Health Anderson OB/GYN Care Center—Cincinnati, Ohio; OB/GYN Specialists of Lima—Lima, Ohio; Ohio Health O’Bleness Hospital, Athens Medical Associates—Athens, Ohio; Ohio State University Maternal Fetal Medicine—Columbus, Ohio; Ohio State University OB/GYN Clinics—Columbus, Ohio; Pickaway Health Center of Berger Health Systems—Circleville, Ohio; Summa Health System—Akron, Ohio; University of Cincinnati Medical Center—Cincinnati, Ohio; University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital—Cleveland, Ohio.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Ohio Department of HealthColumbusUSA
  2. 2.The Ohio State University College of MedicineColumbusUSA
  3. 3.Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource CenterColumbusUSA
  5. 5.Center for Perinatal ResearchNationwide Children’s HospitalColumbusUSA

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