Psychosoziale Belastungen von Patienten mit Diabetes mellitus. Ein Vergleich zwischen Ost- und Westdeutschland

Translated title of the contribution: Psychological well-being of diabetic patients in eastern and western Germany

P. Herschbach, G. Duran, S. Waadt, B. Marten-Mittag, M. Von Rad, A. Attanasio, M. E. Trautmann, J. Schulze, K. P. Ratzmann

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Background: Psychological stress associated with diabetes and the required treatment regimen was compared in diabetic patients living in eastern and western Germany. Methods: Stress in different facets of daily living was assessed with the questionnaire on stress in patients with diabetes-revised (QSD-R). The original samples (eastern Germany: n = 617; western Germany: n = 953) were subjected to frequency matching with reference to key demographic and illness-related variables. The variables included were age, sex, type of diabetes, duration of illness and long-term complications. This procedure yielded two subgroups of 378 patients each. Results: There were highly significant differences between the two subgroups in 7 of the 8 illness-related areas of stress assessed, with lower levels of stress in the subjects from eastern Germany.

Translated title of the contributionPsychological well-being of diabetic patients in eastern and western Germany
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalDiabetes und Stoffwechsel
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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