Objectives: Mood concerns among young adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D) can interfere with achieving optimal diabetes self-care, particularly during the transition from pediatric to adult care. Presented are the results of depression and anxiety screening for young adults who attended a multidisciplinary transition clinic.
Methods: All attendees of a multidisciplinary clinic for youth ages 17 to 25 with T1D completed measures of depression (PHQ-9) and anxiety (GAD-7).
Results: Of the 26 youth screened, 35% were female and the mean A1c was 9.1% (76 mmol/mol). PHQ-9 and GAD-7 score were not significantly different by gender. No association was found between A1c and PHQ-9 or GAD-7.
Conclusions: Previous research has linked depression and anxiety with poorer treatment adherence among individuals with T1D, however, there are few studies examining depression and anxiety in transition-age youth. Brief screening of young adults with T1D may illuminate potential threats to adherence as well as provide supplemental information to prevent future problems that may impact diabetes management. The study outcomes should be interpreted with caution given the small sample size and the homogeneous sample.
H. Nagra: None. F. Joarder: None. L. Andreas: None. K. Kraus: None.