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Depression Undertreated in Black, Hispanic Patients With Diabetes

Key clinical point: Depression might be undertreated in low-income and uninsured type 2 diabetes patients, especially those who are racial and ethnic minorities.

Major finding: Black and Hispanic adults with type 2 diabetes were significantly less likely than were white patients to be taking antidepressants (adjusted odds ratios of 0.31 and 0.26, respectively).

Study details: The data come from a study of 403 adults with type 2 diabetes, 58% of whom were non-Hispanic white, 18% were non-Hispanic black, and 24% were Hispanic.

Disclosures: The study was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health as part of the Public-Private Partnership Addressing Literacy- Numeracy to Improve Diabetes Care. Lead author, Caroline A. Presley, MD, MPH, disclosed funding support from the VA Office of Academic Affiliations through the VA Quality Scholars Program.


Presley CA et al. J Diabetes Complications. 2019 Jul 15. doi: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2019.07.002.