Treating Depression, Diabetes Simultaneously Proves EffectiveJANUARY 20, 2012
WHYY reports on a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine that examines ways to help patients affected by both depression and diabetes. Patients who have both conditions are less likely to adhere to their medication regimens, and their overall health and prognoses are worse. Hillary Bogner, MD, MSCE, assistant professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, said both conditions improved in patients who participated in a brief intervention. "They liked the increased contact they got in the primary-care practice, and the increased attention - the feeling that there were people looking over their medicines and how they were taking their medicines," she said. The results show that brief interventions can have a big impact, and point to a larger issue. "Another take-home point for this intervention is that we really need to integrate the management for physical and mental health in primary care settings," said Bogner.