The Perspectives And Experiences Of Indigenous Women With Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review And Meta-Synthesis Of Qualitative Research
Indigenous women are at higher risk for developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM); however, there are no systematic reviews that primarily study the perspectives and experiences of Indigenous women with GDM (i.e. without comorbid disorders). Therefore, this study’s aim is to understand the barriers and facilitators to positive health outcomes among Indigenous women with GDM. To accomplish this goal, OVID (Medline) and CINAHL databases were searched. Searches were limited to four countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United States. 6 key themes were identified, including 3 barriers and 3 facilitators to positive health outcomes. This study recommends that healthcare providers incorporate positive communication, reciprocal exchange, family, community, and culturally relevant education into GDM treatment.