Depression belongs to the most important comorbidities in a diabetes disease. In a recent article, we investigated whether the presence of depressive symptoms among adults with diagnosed diabetes is associated with adverse quality of care (QoC) in diabetes.
A proportion of 15,6% of adults with diagnosed diabetes reported current depressive symptoms (PHQ-8 ≥ 10) in Germany based on the German national health survey GEDA 2014/2015-EHIS. Women had a higher proportion than men (18,7% vs. 12,9%).
Adjusted for sociodemographic and lifestyle factors as well as diabetes duration, adults with depressive symptoms were more likely to report acute hypo- or hyperglycemia in the past 12 months as well as the presence of long-term diabetes. No significant associations were observed with regard to care processes except for a higher chance for currently having a diet plan in adults with depressive symptoms compared to adults without depressive symptoms.
The full article entitled Are depressive symptoms associated with quality of care in diabetes? Findings from a nationwide population-based study can be found here.
Interactive visualizations in regard with depressive symptoms among persons with and without diabetes can be found here.