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Table 3 Current gaps in adherence to optimal care, possible interventions and actions required for developing the interventions in South Western Sydney based on HCPs’a and women/partners inputs

From: Development of an integrated, district-wide approach to pre-pregnancy management for women with pre-existing diabetes in a multi-ethnic population

Gaps (requirements) Intervention programs used in the literature/ suggested by HCP’s/women/partners Actions required to implement the interventions
Lack of time for women/patients to attend diabetes clinic Websites, leaflets, contact details of local HCPsa [5], social media 1) Providing after- hours clinics
2) Providing other educational resources (e.g. webpages, social media, and apps)
3) Reaching out to all patients and mailing them leaflets and information sheets on a regular basis
Lack of communication (miscommunication) between HCPs and patients Workshops, newsletters, online learning resources,regular meetings and education programs [46] 1) Reminding HCPs about online resources and workshops
2) Adding techniques for communication to the existing learning materials
Lack of knowledge about PPM and contraception methods in women and their partners Leaflets, posters, DVDs, PPM education programs and peer support 1) Developing a wide range of educational resources (e.g. posters, apps)
2) Increasing the accessibility of educational resources
3) Translating educational resources in most common languages
Disparities of preferences in receiving knowledge about PPM and contraception options Use of a wide range of interventions (e.g. online resources, social media, leaflets and posters) Raising awareness among patients and their partners about the ranges of interventions
  1. aHCPs: Healthcare Professionals