This PhD will use data that has been collated during routine health care appointments and visits to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care access and outcomes in women diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in widespread disruption of healthcare in the United Kingdom. Non-urgent appointments in both primary and outpatient secondary care were cancelled or delayed, and access to healthcare was significantly reduced. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists published guidance relating to testing for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in March 2020. They recommended stopping the 2-hour OGTT and having a two-step testing approach.
This project will compare screening rates, incidence of identified GDM, and pregnancy outcomes during the pandemic; and compare these to the previous 5 years. In addition pregnancy and post-natal outcomes for both mother and child will be assessed for when COVID-19 was contracted during pregnancy. For all analyses the disparities by both deprivation status and ethnicity will be considered.
Essential this research project will involve the management and analysis of large datasets, and will suit an individual with an interest in pursuing a career in medical statistics or epidemiology.