Screening for depression among youth with Type 1 diabetes

A new report in the journal Pediatrics describes a model for systematic depression screening for adolescents with Type 1 diabetes. Recognizing that depression is common among youth with chronic health issues yet rarely screened for, the researchers sought to establish a standardized procedure.  

During the initial 12 months of the study, depression screening rates increased from less than 5 percent to an average of 85 percent. The researchers also noted that adolescents with higher levels of depression symptoms had more difficulty managing their diabetes. 

The report, “Improving Depression Screening for Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes,” appeared this month. 

Read about Polaris’s latest grant, T1DES, to develop new technology to help teens better manage their Type I diabetes. The project is funded by the National Institutes of Health and in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.