Depression as a Comorbidity to Diabetes: Implications for Management

Andrea A. Riley; Mindy L. McEntee; Linda Gerson; Cheryl R. Dennison


Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2009;5(7):523-535. 

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Family and adult NPs and other PCPs can optimize health outcomes by increasing their understanding of the relationship between depression and diabetes and by systematically screening for, diagnosing, and managing depression in diabetic patients. While research in the area is limited, appropriate screening strategies have been identified and benefits and risks of certain pharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatments have been shown. Findings presented in this paper should serve as a guide in clinical decision making for the diagnosis and treatment of primary care patients with comorbid depression and diabetes.