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Routine Depression Screening for Patients With Diabetes

Brett D. Thombs, PhD1
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1Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
JAMA. 2014;312(22):2412-2413. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.14771.
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To the Editor Ms Ducat and colleagues1 recommended routinely screening patients with diabetes for depression. They cited the American Diabetes Association (ADA) standards of care2 to support this recommendation. However, neither the ADA standards nor Ducat et al cite any evidence from randomized clinical trials (RCTs) that screening for depression would reduce the burden of depression among patients with diabetes.


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December 10, 2014
Lee J. Ducat, BS; Louis H. Philipson, MD, PhD; Barbara J. Anderson, PhD
1Mental Health Issues of Diabetes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2Kovler Diabetes Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
3Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
JAMA. 2014;312(22):2413. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.14778.
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