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Effects of online support and social media communities on gestational diabetes: A systematic review.

Cheng, Z., Hao, H., Tsofliou, F., Katz, M. D. and Zhang, Y., 2023. Effects of online support and social media communities on gestational diabetes: A systematic review. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 180, 105263.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2023.105263


Background: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a common complication in pregnancy that can lead to negative maternal and fetal outcomes. Online support interventions have been suggested as a potential tool to improve the management of GDM. Objective: This systematic review aimed to summarize the effectiveness of social media and online support interventions for the management of GDM. Methods: We conducted a thorough systematic search across Web of Science, Scopus, and PubMed, following PRISMA guidelines, and supplemented it with a manual search. Our results included both qualitative and quantitative research. We rigorously assessed quantitative studies for bias using ROBINS-I and RoB 2 tools, ensuring the reliability of our findings. Results: We incorporated a total of 22 studies, which were comprised of ten qualitative and twelve quantitative studies. Online support interventions were found to have a positive impact on promoting self-care and improving healthcare outcomes for women with GDM. Individualized diet and exercise interventions resulted in lower odds of weight gain and GDM diagnosis, while online prenatal education increased breastfeeding rates. In addition, telemedicine options reduced the need for in-person clinical visits and improved patient satisfaction. Conclusions: Online support interventions show potential to improve outcomes in patients with GDM in this small literature review. Future research is also necessary to determine the effectiveness of different types of online interventions and identify strategies to improve engagement and the quality of the information provided through online resources.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gestational diabetes; Online support; Social media; Systematic review; Pregnancy; Humans; Female; Diabetes, Gestational; Reproducibility of Results; Social Media; Diet
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:39201
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:28 Nov 2023 09:26
Last Modified:28 Nov 2023 09:26


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