Examining knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about depression among Latino adults with type 2 diabetes.

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  • PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about depression among Latinos with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: Eight 90-minute focus groups were conducted, each moderated by a bilingual, bicultural woman. Participants included 45 self-identified Latino adults with diabetes. Discussion topics included diabetes management, perceived control, emotional barriers, conceptualization of depression, and help-seeking behavior. Themes pertinent to depression and emotional health were identified using a combined deductive/inductive approach and an iterative process of consensus coding. RESULTS: Participants' mean age was 40 years, 44% were male, and most were born in Mexico. The mean time with diabetes was 6.5 years. The primary theme identified was the bidirectional relationship between emotional health and diabetes. Diagnosis of diabetes led to feelings of hopelessness and upset, while difficulty with diabetes management led to feelings of anxiety and depression. Participants felt that being "stressed out" or sad directly affected their blood sugar. Participants described factors that influence the relationship between emotions and diabetes, including family and societal stressors, and they reported little discussion of depression with providers. Depression and emotional health are closely associated with diabetes in the minds of these Latino adults. It is important to ask patients with diabetes about their emotional health, to screen for depression, and to elicit preferences about treatment when indicated.
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    Author List

  • Cherrington A; Ayala GX; Sleath B; Corbie-Smith G
  • Start Page

  • 603
  • End Page

  • 613
  • Volume

  • 32
  • Issue

  • 4