Vileikyte et al identified a number of risk factors associated with depression in a patient with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. These can help to identify a patient who may benefit from an intervention to relieve the depression. The authors are from the University of Manchester, the University of Miami, the Johns Hopkins University, Yeshiva University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Washington in Seattle.


Patient selection: diabetic peripheral neuropathy


Risk factors for depression:

(1) pain (based on severity and duration)

(2) unsteadiness of gait

(3) self-perception of diminished self-worth or being a burden

(4) inability to perform social roles

(5) other disability related to activities of daily living (ADL)


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