Acceptability of an online dietary recall tool in women with gestational diabetes



To gather the views of women with gestational diabetes about the acceptability of ‘myfood24’, an online 24-hour dietary recall tool. To integrate the findings of this study with the main study to inform future inter-Faculty research proposals and funding applications; for example, the need for nested qualitative research within a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the tool To disseminate findings via publication in a peer-reviewed journal and conference presentation


Women attending a gestational diabetes clinic were invited by a research midwife to participate in the main myfood24 study, which involved completing the dietary recall tool. For the acceptability study, all participants were invited to take part in a one-to-one semi-structured interview to explore their views and experiences of myfood24 and of managing their gestational diabetes


Gestational diabetes (diabetes in pregnancy) poses risks for mother and baby. It affects approximately 3-6% of pregnancies. Prevalence varies with ethnicity, affecting more South Asian compared to White European women. Mild forms of gestational diabetes may be treated by dietary change. Existing diet assessment methods are time-consuming. An online dietary recall tool has been developed to assess diet and support behaviour change in the general population. Attitudes and experiences may differ in pregnancy and amongst women with different characteristics (eg ethnicity, pregnancy history)


Dr Zoe Darwin (PI), Professor Linda McGowan, Professor Janet Cade, Dr Nisreen Alwan, Dr Salwa Al-Bar, Dr Eleanor Scott, Dr Michelle Carter, Dr Debbie Smith, Dr Rosalind Haddrill

Funding body: School of Healthcare Research Pump Priming Fund, £2,880

Contact: Dr Zoe Darwin