Designing Data Elements and Minimum Data Set (MDS) for Creating the Registry of Patients with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Maryam Ahmadi, Esmat Mirbagheri
2019 Journal of Medicine and Life  
The prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is increasing in Iran. Collection of patients' data is commonly conducted through using medical records. However, for providing a structured reporting based on the information needs, a minimum data set is a fast, inexpensive, and suitable method. For exchanging high-quality data between different healthcare centers and health monitoring organization, the data are required to be uniformly collected and registered. The present study aims at
more » ... igning an MDS for creating the registry of GDM. The present study is an applied one, conducted in two stages, with a qualitative Delphi method in 2018. In the first stage of the study, it was attempted to extract the data elements of mothers with GDM, through reviewing the related studies and collecting these patients' data from the medical records. Then, based on the results of the first stage, a questionnaire including demographic, clinical, and pharmaceutical data was distributed among 20 individuals including gynecologists, pharmacists, nurses, and midwives. The validity of the questionnaire was examined by a team of experts and its reliability was examined by using Cronbach's alpha. Data analysis was conducted using descriptive statistics (frequency, percentage, and mean) and excel. An MDS of gestational diabetes mellitus was developed. This MDS divided into three categories: administrative, clinical, and pharmaceutical with 4, 18, and 2 sections and 35, 199, and 12 data elements, respectively. Determining the minimum data sets of GDM will be an effective step toward integrating and improving data management of patients with GDM. Moreover, it will be possible to store and retrieve the data related to these patients.
doi:10.25122/jml-2019-0011 pmid:31406518 pmcid:PMC6685309 fatcat:tcn6vhu4y5fkdbi7j4n6yvswhi