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Prevalence of Depression among Elderly Diabetes Mellitus Patients Attending Diabetes Clinic at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

Author:Shivaraj B Mallappa, Ranganath T Sobagaiah

Keywords:Depression, Diabetes Mellitus, Geriatrics

Type:Original Article

Abstract:"Introduction: Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder among the elderly. Diabetes will add additional burden on occurrence of depression. The study was conducted to study the prevalence of the depression among elderly diabetics who are seeking care at a tertiary care centre. Methods: A cross sectional study held at a diabetes clinic of a tertiary care institute with the purposive sample of 100 subjects during the month of March 2013. The diabetic patients who were above the age of 60 years are surveyed.. WHO Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) short form was used to collect the data. Results: Prevalence of Depression among studied population 41%. Mean age of the study population 67.8 (+6.2) years with females constituting 72%. 39 % of the study population was illiterate and 33 % of them did primary schooling. There were significant association of depression with female gender, widows, illiterates, financially dependent and persons with multiple co-morbid conditions. Conclusion: This study has shown that geriatric depression is highly prevalent. The results of this study emphasize the need of intervention studies which can promote the physical, mental and social health of the patient attending the diabetes clinic."