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