Member Research and Reports

Member Research and Reports

Indiana University and Georgia Southern Find Correlation Between Personal Health History and Depression Screening

Little is known about the influence of personal health history and depression self-care practices on screening for depression by health care providers among African Americans with chronic conditions. African Americans (N = 203) aged 18 years or older and living with at least one chronic health condition in a metropolitan city completed a 45-item community perceptions survey. The number of depression symptoms experienced per month was positively associated with screening for depression by a health care provider; perceived ability to identify depression symptoms was inversely associated with screening by a health care provider. Understanding patients’ health history and self-care practices can initiate provision of information or support services to improve patient–provider communication about depression.

Correlation Between Personal Health History and Depression Self-Care Practices and Depression Screening Among African Americans With Chronic Conditions” was recently published in Preventing Chronic Disease

Authors are Dr. Priscilla A. Barnes, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, Dr. Tilicia L. Mayo-Gamble, Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Ms. Doshia Harris and Mr. David Townsend, Af-Am Consulting, Indianapolis, Indiana