Sara Schirripa
Identifying the Prevalence of Depression in Diabetic Patients and Their Ability to Self-Manage Their Diabetes

SchoolNormandy High School


ProgramNursing


MentorLaurel Burns, RN, MSN, CDE


DepartmentDiabetes Center at Marymount Hospital


Research
Identifying the Prevalence of Depression in Diabetic Patients and Their Ability to Self-Manage Their Diabetes
Hypothesis
Diabetic Patients who screen positively for depression are more likely to develop either a micro-vascular or macro-vascular complication and less likely to self-manage their diabetes.
Methodology
The research was recorded over the course of 9 weeks. Both Type I and Type II diabetics were included in the study, as were both inpatients and outpatients. A PHQ-9 tool was used to screen diabetic patients for depression. If the patients were screened positively, they would be included in the study. Medical chart review was used to determine the prevalence of a micro-vascular or macro-vascular complication. Age, gender, race, A1C levels, and length of time with diabetes were included in the data.
Outcomes
It was found that patients with diabetes and depression are at a higher risk of developing a micro-vascular or macro-vascular complication and are not effectively managing their diabetes.