Different strategies for diagnosing gestational diabetes to improve maternal and infant health

Authors: Farrar D, Duley L, Dowswell T, Lawlor DA.

Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD007122. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007122.pub4.


Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is carbohydrate intolerance resulting in hyperglycaemia with onset or first recognition during pregnancy. If untreated, perinatal morbidity and mortality may be increased. Accurate diagnosis allows appropriate treatment. Use of different tests and different criteria will influence which women are diagnosed with GDM. This is an update of a review published in 2011 and 2015.


To evaluate and compare different testing strategies for diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus to improve maternal and infant health while assessing their impact on healthcare service costs.

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