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Independent Study


This case report highlights the importance of postpartum glucose screening, along with diabetes prevention education, for women with history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Gestational diabetes is a strong indicator of future type 2 diabetes. Postpartum screening allows providers opportunity for early detection of abnormal glucose levels in this vulnerable population (Frazzita, Anderson & Egan, 2013). Clinical practice guidelines establish routine postpartum care that include close monitoring of women with GDM. However, screening rates are as low as 33% among providers (Bihan et al., 2014; Hunt, Logan, Conway & Korte, 2010; Kapustin, 2008). The case description depicted in this paper illustrates a typical postpartum visit and how the primary provider can bridge the gap between clinical recommendations and practice by facilitating their implementation..