Diabetes: Depressive Illnesses

Department of Health written question – answered on 14th July 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Suttie Baroness Suttie Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the annual cost of diabetes-related depression to the National Health Service.

Photo of Lord Prior of Brampton Lord Prior of Brampton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health

The Department has not made any estimate of the annual cost of diabetes-related depression to the National Health Service.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has estimated that approximately 15–25% of people with chronic physical health problems, such as diabetes, also meet diagnostic criteria for depression. This is reflected in NICE’s Diabetes in adults quality standard, which sets out that people with diabetes should be assessed for psychological problems which should then be managed appropriately. A copy is attached.

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