Capturing Diabetes Related Distress and Depression

Author(s): Dr. Radha Krishnan

One of the most prevalent diseases in the world, diabetes is linked to increased morbidity, mortality, and diminished quality of life. Poor diabetes self-management is linked to high levels of diabetes-related distress, depression, and anxiety in many patients. Poor disease management increases the likelihood of both micro- and macro-vascular complications, which is a key component of diabetes treatment. This emphasizes how important it is to alleviate diabetes-related distress and provide patients with diabetes with appropriate treatment options that address their individual psychosocial burden. The patient perspective on, for instance, barriers to and facilitators of diabetes treatment is crucial for adequate and effective treatment as well as improvements in self-management because patients' perspectives diverge significantly from practitioners' regarding relevant treatment aspects. As a result, the patient perspective needs to be further investigated. In this study, we conducted a scoping review to determine the prevalence of diabetes distress and depression in type 2 diabetes patients in South Asian low- and middle-income countries.