Congratulations to Prof Carrick and his research team for their latest publication “Prevalence of Undiagnosed Depression in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes”, published in Frontiers in Endocrinology (high impact 3.510). The researchers conducted the study in the United Arab Emirates because it is an area of the world with one of the highest prevalences of diabetes.
People with type 2 diabetes are likely to be depressed and depressed people are likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Prof. Carrick’s group identified an overall depression prevalence of 32.8% in diabetes. But they went further and developed intensive mini-clinics where patients with diabetes and depression underwent an educational model involving more face-to-face time and instruction about diabetes and depression. They compared the incidence of depression to patients treated in the intensive mini-clinic to general medical care and found a significant difference between patient groups.
Prof. Carrick pioneered the use of intensive interventions in brain injuries. Many clinicians throughout the world use the Carrick Intensive Functional Treatment Model he developed. This recent study demonstrates differences in outcomes utilizing the same therapy in different settings. Patients that are given extra time and direction in an intensive setting do much better than individuals undergoing standard medical care. In fact, these settings benefit the psychological aspects of type 2 diabetes patients associated with a lower incidence of depressive mental illness.