Objective: Depression contributes to suboptimal health outcomes amongst people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The ADA standards of care recommend regular psychosocial screening, however these guidelines are not universally implemented.

Aim: Demonstrate feasibility of expanding depression screening across clinics in the national T1D Exchange Learning Collaborative (T1DX-LC) using a quality improvement (QI) approach.

Methods: Six clinics in T1DX-LC participated in bi-monthly calls and three learning sessions for depression screening. Sites shared existing resources and used QI methodology to design iterative plan-do-study-act cycles to develop or refine existing processes and adopt interventions in their respective contexts around the following themes: 1) consistent screening and referral criteria, 2) integration of screening into work flow, 3) acceptance from families and staff, 4) adequate social work and psychology referral resources, and 5) incorporation of health information technology.

Results: Screening increased from baseline of 10% across sites to 60% of eligible patients at all sites over 18 months (Figure).

Discussion: Through the T1DX-LC, a network of centers were successful at completing depression screening in alignment with ADA standards of care. Sites expanded screening to individuals with type 2 diabetes and additional centers are joining the screening intervention.


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