Depression, diabetes and self-care

The 30% of patients who were reluctant to discuss self-care with their doctor also reported lower frequency of self-care – along with lower quality of life and higher rates of diabetes-related distress, as well as symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Conversely, patients who were older and those who used more self-controlled coping styles were less likely to be reluctant.

“Interventions and evidence-based approaches are needed to improve both depressive symptoms and physician-patient communication about self-care,” the authors concluded.
Diabetes Care, online 22 May 2012