Send to

Choose Destination
Diabetes Care. 2004 May;27(5):1066-70.

Diabetes, depression, and quality of life: a population study.

Author information

Department of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide, The Adelaide Clinic, Park Terrace, Gilberton, South Australia.



The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence of diabetes and depression and their associations with quality of life using a representative population sample.


The study consisted of a representative population sample of individuals aged > or = 15 years living in South Australia comprising 3,010 personal interviews conducted by trained health interviewers. The prevalence of depression in those suffering doctor-diagnosed diabetes and comparative effects of diabetic status and depression on quality-of-life dimensions were measured.


The prevalence of depression in the diabetic population was 24% compared with 17% in the nondiabetic population. Those with diabetes and depression experienced an impact with a large effect size on every dimension of the Short Form Health-Related Quality-of-Life Questionnaire (SF-36) as compared with those who suffered diabetes and who were not depressed. A supplementary analysis comparing both depressed diabetic and depressed nondiabetic groups showed there were statistically significant differences in the quality-of-life effects between the two depressed populations in the physical and mental component summaries of the SF-36.


Depression for those with diabetes is an important comorbidity that requires careful management because of its severe impact on quality of life.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for HighWire
Loading ...
Support Center