High Priority Research Needs for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

gestational diabetes mellitus

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

The identification of unanswered research questions about the management of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is necessary to focus future research endeavors.

What was the objective?

to elucidate the highest priority research questions on Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 15 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

consultation; Delphi

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: literature review to identify research gaps. Step 2: collecting feedback from authors of systematic reviews on gaps. Step 3: translation of gaps into 17 research questions. Step 4: stakeholder consultation: refinement of questions by stakeholders and adding missing questions, resulting in 19 research questions. Step 5: Delphi: Delphi round 1: participants were asked to rate clarity of each question, the clinical benefit and importance of addressing each question, research questions without consensus were retained and entered into Delphi round 2, in Delphi round 2 participants were asked to re-rate. Step 6: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to prioritize the maternal and fetal outcomes related to the research questions on medication and delivery management. Step 7: final refinement of questions after Delphi round 3 and the development of a conceptual framework to display the results of the process. Step 8: process evaluation: all systematic review authors and local and national stakeholders invited to evaluate the process

Which stakeholders took part?

Consultation: 2 obstetricians, 1 dietitian whose clinical practice is focused on GDM, 1 epidemiologist whose research has focused on diabetes, and 2 members with insight into the patient perspective (a social worker and the director of a Medicaid case management program for women with complicated pregnancies). Delphi: 9 participants: obstetrics and gynecology, nutrition, epidemiology, research funders, consumers

How were stakeholders recruited?

Experts were identified by the authors.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.