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Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
Print version ISSN 0100-6991
SALOME, Geraldo Magela; BLANES, Leila and FERREIRA, Lydia Masako. Assessment of depressive symptoms in people with diabetes mellitus and foot ulcers. Rev. Col. Bras. Cir. [online]. 2011, vol.38, n.5, pp. 327-333. ISSN 0100-6991. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-69912011000500008.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the intensity of symptoms of depression in patients with diabetic foot ulcers. METHODS: a exploratory, descriptive, analytical and cross-sectional study was held at the wound clinic of a public hospital in Sorocaba, São Paulo State, Brazil. Fifty patients with diabetes mellitus and foot ulcers were enrolled. To assess the intensity of the symptoms of depression, a Beck Depression inventory was used. RESULTS: Of the 50 patients evaluated, 41 had some degree of depressive symptoms and 32 (64%) had moderate depression, with symptoms of self-loathing, grief, body image distortion and decreased libido. CONCLUSION: Patients with diabetic foot ulcers showed varying degrees of depressive symptoms.
Keywords : Depression; Diabetes mellitus; Diabetic foot; Foot ulcer.