Top ten screening tools for measuring depression in people with diabetes

Lloyd, Cathy E. and Roy, Tapash (2013). Top ten screening tools for measuring depression in people with diabetes. In: Lloyd, Cathy E.; Pouwer, Frans and Hermanns, Norbert eds. Screening for Depression and other psychological problems in diabetes: a practical guide. London: Springer, pp. 87–115.



Both research and clinical practice strongly suggest that it is important to screen for and treat symptoms of depression in order to optimize diabetes self-care and facilitate both physical and psychological well-being in people with diabetes. Current evidence indicates that at least one third of people with diabetes may suffer from clinically relevant depressive disorders, with an even greater proportion reporting lower levels of symptoms that may still have a negative impact on quality of life. However, questions still remain as to the most appropriate ways of identifying people suffering from depression. Most people with diabetes are cared for by their primary care physician, and it is in this setting that there are key opportunities for screening and providing care for mental health problems.

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