O’Malley, G, Ogyaadu, S, Levister, C, Rioles, N, Hardison, H, Roberts, A, Accacha, S, Guttman-Bauman, I, Vendrame, F, Basina, M, Fallurin, R, Levy, C.

Background: Preconception planning can reduce complications in pregnancy with type 1 diabetes. However, high periconception HbA1C is not uncommon and increases maternal and fetal risks. Due to limited data regarding preconception counseling, questions about education and contraception use were added to the 2022 T1DX-QI survey.

Methods: The annual T1DX-QI survey was conducted August-September 2022 with a site response rate of 94% of 50 sites: 33 pediatric (66%), 17 adult (34%). Respondents answered questions relating to clinic resources and practices. Response data was cleaned and summarized.

Results: Most sites report discussing contraception (74%) and pregnancy planning (72%) once a year or more. Of pediatric sites, 42% report always asking about menstruation history compared to 6% of adult sites. Only 12% of adult and 6% of pediatric sites have a formal preconception counseling protocol. Only 12% of adult and 9% of pediatric sites estimated that >80% of their patients of childbearing potential were using contraception, and all sites estimated that <60% had a HbA1C under 7%.

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