About this Research Topic
Non-communicable diseases [NCDs] are an increasing cause of maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide. NCDs not only impact the woman’s health in the short term but also through her life course and may also have intergenerational impact. Pregnancy provides an opportunity for NCD identification, prevention and health promotion.
The current body of literature has primarily focused on the epidemiology of NCDs and its risk factors but relatively little literature exists on effective strategies on addressing and managing NCDs in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Similarly, there is ample literature on the detection and management of pregnancy specific conditions such as gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy to prevent adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes but there is a lack of studies on how to address these conditions so women at increased risk of longer-term cardiovascular and metabolic complications can be identified.
There is a need to move beyond the epidemiological evidence supporting this association in women around the world to focus on evidence to guide clinicians, policy makers and women on how to effectively address NCDs, reduce the risk of future chronic disease and improve long term health.
The goal of this theme issue is to highlight new advances in translational, clinical, behavioral, health systems or policy research that addresses prevention and management of NCDs in pre-conception, pregnant and postpartum women. The focus of this research is global and submissions addressing challenges in low- and middle-income country settings are particularly welcome. We are also interested in studies that address racial disparities in this target population.
Papers submitted to this theme issue need to focus on pregnant women, or women planning pregnancy or who are in the postpartum period, and must present and discuss primary quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research with the following focus: must present and discuss primary quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research with the following focus:
• Implementation and evaluation of interventions designed to reduce the burden of NCDs including future long term cardiovascular and metabolic complications in pre-conception, pregnant and postpartum women.
• Analysis of disparities among pre-conception, pregnant and postpartum with high NCD burden.
We will accept original research articles including: primary qualitative research; interventional clinical trials; trial protocols, pilot/feasibility studies of interventions; scoping reviews; systematic reviews and meta-analyses [excluding narrative and literature reviews]. Submissions only describing pregnancy outcomes and their association with long term complications without evaluation of an intervention or analysis of disparities are out of scope for this theme issue.
Keywords: Non-communicable disease, NCD management, disease management, maternal health, pregnancy, preconception, postpartum
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