Do people with diabetes who need to talk want to talk?

Diabet Med. 2006 Aug;23(8):917-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2006.01892.x.


Aim: Our objective was to determine whether people with diabetes who ask for psychological support are those who are experiencing clinically significant levels of psychological distress.

Method: Three hundred people with diabetes were asked to complete psychometrically validated questionnaires that assessed subjective need and objective psychological distress.

Results: High levels of psychological distress were reported: 25% reported depressive symptomatology, 41% reported clinically significant levels of anxiety and 51% reported some binge eating behaviour. Participants also indicated a desire to talk to diabetes professionals about various problem areas in diabetes. Those reporting psychological distress, especially depression, were most likely to indicate a desire to talk to someone about living with diabetes.

Conclusions: Those who want to talk are those who need to talk. Future service development issues should acknowledge the needs and expressed wishes of service users.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anxiety / etiology*
  • Depressive Disorder / etiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / psychology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / etiology*
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology*