Is it distress, depression, or both? Exploring differences in the diabetes distress scale and the patient health questionnaire in a diabetes specialty clinic

Jana L. Wardian, Kathryn Kanzler, Mark W. True, Michael A. Glotfelter, Tom J. Sauerwein

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Patients (n = 314) completed the Patient Health Questionnaire and the Diabetes Distress Scale as part of standard care. Although most patients (70.4%) had no symptoms of depression or diabetes-related distress, 23.9% scored high on the distress questionnaire in at least one of its four domains. Regular screening for distress related to the demands of living with diabetes is crucial in identifying and preventing poor health outcomes associated with diabetes-related distress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-130
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Diabetes
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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