Objectives: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of an educational intervention on self-efficacy and adherence to healthy behaviours among women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Methods: This study involved a two-group pre-post comparative experimental design. A random sampling technique was used to recruit 90 participants who were randomised to a control or intervention group. The control group (n = 45) received standard prenatal care while the intervention group (n = 45) received an additional health education session and biweekly text messages for four weeks. Different strategies were used to encourage women to maintain recommended healthy behaviours. Results: There was a significant improvement in the post-test self-efficacy scores of the intervention group compared to the control group (t(88) = -2.99; P <0.001). However, improved self-efficacy was not a significant predictor for improved adherence to healthy behaviours (B = 0.01; SE = 0.01; P = 0.08). Conclusion: The intervention significantly improved self-efficacy scores among women with GDM.
|Title of host publication||The Effect of an Educational Intervention on Self-Efficacy and Adherence to Healthy Behaviours Among Women with Gestational Diabetes|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|