Office Resources

What’s in our Toolkit? Implementing the resources listed below can help create processes that ensure consumers receive the necessary education and treatment for their GDM diagnosis, and don’t miss critical appointments and screenings. These resources can also assist in coordinating care when multiple providers are involved in the treatment of a GDM consumer.

GDM Best Practices Flow Chart

A clearly defined plan for the diagnosis and treatment of GDM is important during both the prenatal and postpartum period. This flow chart outlines best practices for the treatment and care coordination of a GDM diagnosis beginning with the initial GDM diagnosis, throughout prenatal visits, and up to 6-12 weeks postpartum. It includes specific guidelines on when and how to schedule and remind consumers of a postpartum type 2 diabetes screening, and processes for the coordination of ongoing care with multiple providers.

Co-Management Agreement

Following the diagnosis of GDM, a primary OB/GYN often refers a consumer to a secondary specialist for education on GDM, glycemic monitoring, and the medical management of GDM. In cases where two or more health care providers are co-managing a consumer, providers should have an agreement that outlines their distinct roles early in the pregnancy and ensure that the consumer understands the division of responsibilities.

Primary Care Provider Notification Letter

Because of the link between GDM and the development of T2DM, it is important to notify a consumer's Primary Care Provider of a GDM diagnosis. A one-page, standard letter can include information on the management of a consumer's GDM, results of the T2DM screening, and recommendations for ongoing screenings and care.

Model for Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Model for Improvement is a tool providers can use to set goals, implement changes within their offices, and track the results. Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles act as a guide for incorporating and testing changes within an office, and determining whether or not the selected change results in an improvement.