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Classifying diabetes-burden: A factor analysis of the Problem Areas in Diabetes Scale.

Martin CE, Renn BN, Winderman KE, Hundt N, Petersen NJ, Naik AD, Cully JA. Classifying diabetes-burden: A factor analysis of the Problem Areas in Diabetes Scale. Journal of Health Psychology. 2018 May 1; 23(6):882-888.

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This study sought to identify salient factors associated with the Problem Areas in Diabetes Scale to facilitate improved assessment and treatment of diabetes-related burden. Exploratory factor analysis assessed the factor structure of the Problem Areas in Diabetes Scale among 224 Veterans with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and depressive symptoms. A four-factor solution of emotional, diabetes management, treatment, and social support burden subscales was extracted. These factors represent clinically relevant components of diabetes burden that include but go beyond symptoms of depression. The Problem Areas in Diabetes subscales may expand assessments for depression and improve medical and behavioral health interventions for patients with diabetes.

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