Determining why High Risk Antenatal Patients Fail to Attend Dietitian Appointments: A Study in West Moreton Hospital Health Service
Overweight and obesity are an increasing health problem in Australia and when coupled with pregnancy these pose an increased risks for both mother and baby. Costs to the health system are significantly higher for women who are overweight or obese at the start of their pregnancy compared to their healthy-weight counterparts. Dietitian consultations during pregnancy are effective at reducing gestational weight gain and therefore reducing the risk of pregnancy complications. In the West Moreton Hospital Health Service, a significant number of these high-risk antental patients fail to attend their dietitian appointments. This qualitative study will investigate the main attributes of women who do not attend appointments, and will explore their attitudes towards dietitian appointments, the reasons for non attendance, and preferred delivery of care.