Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 40, Issue 5, May 2011

Indigenous community care Documented depression in patients with diabetes

Damin Si Michelle Dowden Catherine Kennedy Rhonda Cox Lynette O’Donoghue Helen Liddle Ru Kwedza Christine Connors Sandra Thompson Hugh Burke Alex Brown Tarun Weeramanthri Gill Shierhout Ross Bailie
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This article reports on documented levels of depression among people with diabetes attending indigenous primary care centres.
The results of this study are inconsistent with the evidence showing high prevalence of mental distress among indigenous people. A more thorough investigation into the capacity, methods and barriers involved in diagnosing and managing depression in indigenous primary care is needed.
The overall prevalence of documented depression among people with diabetes was 8.8%. Fourteen (23%) of the 62 health centres had no record of either diagnosed depression or prescription of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors among people with diabetes. For the remaining 48 centres, 3.3–36.7% of people with diabetes had documented depression.

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