SOURCE:Primary Care Diabetes, Volume 7, Issue 1
Author(s): Norbert Hermanns , Salvatore Caputo , Grzegorz Dzida , Kamlesh Khunti , Luigi F. Meneghini , Frank Snoek
Family physicians are responsible for diagnosing and treating the majority of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus and co-morbid depression. As a result of the impact of co-morbid depression on patient self-care and treatment outcomes, screening for depression in the context of a structured approach to case management and patient follow up is recommended in people with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This review summarizes the need for improved recognition and treatment of depression in diabetes; and makes expert recommendations with regard to integrating screening tools and therapies into a busy family or general medical practice setting.