Depression in Diabetes

The depression-diabetes link is associated with worse outcomes, such as poor glycaemic control, increased complications and mortality. This module provides a structured introduction to depression for all health professionals who work with diabetic patients, and will help improve your competency in assessing and treating depression as an integrated part of diabetes care.

This module was developed by Professor Khalida Ismail, Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, and Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King's College Hospital. She leads the Diabetes and Psychiatry Research Group for King’s Health Partners and developed these resources with Dr Carol Kan, Sophia Eberhard and Professor Angus Forbes.

The module will take about one hour in total to complete, but does not need to be attempted in one go, as you can log out and back in again and re-start wherever you left off. Completion of the full module leads to a personalised certificate, or you are welcome to just use selected presentations and activities.

The core material is covered in three self-paced presentations:

  • The incidence of depression and how it impacts on the course of diabetes (5 mins).
  • How to conduct a brief clinical assessment to assess whether the patient is experiencing depressive symptoms and alternative diagnoses to consider (10 mins).
  • An integrated treatment model that combines treatment for depression as part of diabetes care, plus practical tips on how to use self-help materials, psychological interventions and anti-depressants with patients (15 mins).

After working through the presentations and watching a short video example of a consultation, there is a quick quiz to consolidate your understanding, and two clinical case examples and a patient assessment tool to support you in applying the principles learnt to practice.  

Simply click on 'Enrol' below to access the module, or click 'View course' if you are returning to view the material again