Depression is prevalent among individuals with diabetes and other chronic diseases; especially if there is sub-optimal self-management. A recent study explored the feasibility and potential impact of tele-behavioral therapy contributing to improve depressive symptoms and self-management among diabetes patients. Findings include significant decreases in depression, anxiety, stress, and glucose levels, as well as, an increased frequency of glucose self-testing, among participants.
A retroactive analysis of 466 patients who completed an eight-week evidence-based diabetes behavioral health program over a six-month period was conducted. Care was delivered as preferred by patients, via telephone or secure video, and administered by a provider team consisting of a licensed clinical social worker and a behavior coach. The combination of motivation, improving self-care skills and use of telehealth to connect with patients contributed to the impressive results presented in the article“A Tele-Behavioral Health Intervention to Reduce Depression, Anxiety, and Stress and Improve Diabetes Self-Management”.
- Among those with elevated depression, anxiety, or stress at baseline (approximately half of participants), there were significant reductions in all categories
- More than 80% of participants improved by at least one category of depression, anxiety, or stress severity.
- Improved glucose self-testing frequency and significant reductions in average morning glucose levels were observed from baseline to graduation.