Chronically ill patients commonly suffer from comorbid depression that negatively influences disease trajectories, reduces patients' quality of life, and renders them less able to cope with the challenges of daily living. Among Hispanic primary care patients, depression is often not detected until severe. According to promotoras (de salud), who are female community health workers working with Mexican American patients with diabetes in Southern Arizona, depression is commonly undiagnosed in their communities.
Monitoring Shifts in Social Relations Among Chronically Ill Mexican Americans as a Culturally Sensitive Indicator of Depression
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Kerstin Reinschmidt, Jenny Chong, Mark Nichter; Monitoring Shifts in Social Relations Among Chronically Ill Mexican Americans as a Culturally Sensitive Indicator of Depression. Practicing Anthropology 1 July 2013; 35 (3): 33–37. doi: https://doi.org/10.17730/praa.35.3.d901t813284uu976
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