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Table 4 Health Professional opinions of current practice according to participant characteristics

From: Diabetes care in remote Australia: the antenatal, postpartum and inter-pregnancy period

 Health professionalRegionLocationTime in role (years)Total
Med Pract
n = 23
Nurse
n = 25
Dietician/DE
n = 20
Other
n = 14
pCATop EndpUrbanRemotep0–55+p 
Screening
 Antenatal screeningn = 76
  Yes17 (81)19 (76)7 (39)5 (42) 23 (66)25 (61) 22 (73)26 (57) 21 (49)27 (82) 48 (63)
  No/unsure4 (19)6 (24)11 (61)7 (59)0.00912 (34)16 (39)0.678 (27)20 (43)0.1422 (51)6 (18)0.00328 (37)
 Postpartum screeningn = 54
  Yes16 (94)17 (89)3 (27)4 (57) 19 (76)21 (72) 18 (86)22 (67) 17 (61)23 (88) 40 (74)
  No/unsure1 (6)2 (11)8 (73)3 (43)< 0.0016 (24)8 (28)0.763 (14)11 (33)0.1211 (39)3 (12)0.0214 (26)
 When screening**n = 49
  At 6 weeks9 (53)12 (71)3 (30)2 (40) 13 (54)12 (52) 14 (74)12 (40) 14 (56)12 (50) 26 (53)
  From 3 to 12 months8 (47)5 (29)7 (70)3 (60)0.2111 (46)12 (48)0.885 (26)18 (60)0.02111 (44)12 (50)0.6723 (47)
 Pre-pregnancy counselling:n = 55
  ≤ 20%12 (67)17 (89)9 (82)5 (71) 21 (84)22 (73) 14 (70)29 (83) 25 (86)18 (69) 43 (78)
  > 20%6 (33)2 (11)2 (18)2 (29)0.384 (16)8 (27)0.346 (30)6 (17)0.274 (14)8 (31)0.1312 (22)
Confidence
 Antenatal managementn = 79
  Confident15 (71)15 (40)14 (74)5 (36) 19 (54)30 (68) 18 (58)31 (65) 27 (59)22 (67) 49 (62)
  Not confident10 (40)6 (29)5 (26)9 (64)0.1116 (46)14 (32)0.2113 (42)17 (35)0.5619 (41)11 (33)0.4730 (38)
 Post-partum intervaln = 58
  Confident14 (78)10 (56)6 (46)3 (33) 15 (60)18 (55) 11 (52)22 (59) 18 (55)15 (60) 33 (57)
  Not confident4 (22)8 (44)7 (54)6 (67)0.1210 (40)15 (45)0.6810 (48)15 (41)0.6015 (45)10 (40)0.6825 (43)
 Pre-pregnancy counsellingn = 55
Confident13 (76)11 (58)8 (73)4 (50) 16 (64)20 (67) 10 (53)26 (72) 20 (69)16 (62) 36 (65)
Not confident4 (24)8 (42)3 (27)4 (50)0.489 (36)10 (33)0.849 (47)10 (28)0.159 (31)10 (38)0.5619 (35)
  1. This was a self-report survey with measures such as appropriate, screening and confidence all reflecting health professionals views. Screening in the post-partum period refers to screening those without pre-existing diabetes for type 2 diabetes
  2. *Medical Practitioner includes General Practitioner and Physician/Obstetrician; Nurses include midwives and registered nurses; DE = Diabetes Educator; Other includes AHP and Managers
  3. **This screening refers to HbA1c testing in T2DM in the post-partum period