The Priority Setting Partnership in Diabetes and Pregnancy have launched their Initial Survey today. The survey is the first step in finding the unanswered questions about diabetes and pregnancy that, from the perspective of women, their support networks (families, partners, friends) and healthcare professionals, are the most important for research to address.
Women, their friends and families, and healthcare professionals with experience or interest in pregnancy with diabetes are invited to complete the survey. This can be anything about the time before, during or after pregnancy with diabetes of any type e.g. type 1, type 2, MODY, gestational diabetes and others.
By highlighting the important areas for research to funders of research and policy makers, the project will support research which will improve the healthcare and wellbeing of women and families affected by diabetes in pregnancy.
This initiative is the direct result of the involvement of our Diabetes in Pregnancy PPI group of women with lived experience of diabetes in pregnancy. Their support has already helped to secure funding for another project to understand why women may experience the life-threatnening condition of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in pregnancy. This important project, led by Professor Marian Knight uses the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) and confidential case enquiry, and is funded by an NIHR Research for Patient Benefit grant (NIHR RfPB ref: PB-PG-0817-20004).