Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 111–116 | Cite as

Comorbid Diabetes and Depression in African Americans: Implications for the Health Care Provider

  • Diane Orr Chlebowy
  • Mary-Beth Coty
  • Liyan Fu
  • Vicki Hines-Martin


Health care providers (HCPs) face many obstacles as they undertake efforts to meet the challenges of caring for African American patients with comorbid diabetes and depression. This review article discusses the incidence of comorbid diabetes and depression in African Americans, cultural factors affecting diabetes self-management, and clinical practice implications for the HCP. The role of patient-centered care, engagement, and best-practice strategies are discussed to provide the HCP with guidelines regarding the minimal standards that support improved health care outcomes for African Americans with comorbid diabetes and depression.


African americans Diabetes Depression Culture Patient engagement Patient-centered care 


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© W. Montague Cobb-NMA Health Institute 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Diane Orr Chlebowy
    • 1
  • Mary-Beth Coty
    • 1
  • Liyan Fu
    • 2
  • Vicki Hines-Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Louisville School of NursingLouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.Wenzhou Medical University School of NursingWenzhouChina

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