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The comorbidity of depression and hypertension in rural China ——findings from a research article by Prof. Shulin Chen

Published : 2018-10-11Reading : 193

The comorbidity of depression and hypertension (HTN) is common in China and complicates the management of both conditions. However, the prevalence of depression in patients with HTN in rural China is unknown.


In November 2017, Prof. Shulin Chen and his research team published an article in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (IF: 2.940), indicating that 12.8% of older residents (aged 60 or more) in rural China with HTN had significant depressive symptoms, which rates were 5.3% and 32.8% among patients with controlled and uncontrolled HTN respectively. In addition, those in older age group (≥70 years) also had higher rate of significant depressive symptoms than those who are younger. These support the development and dissemination of integrative care approaches for older adults with HTN and depression in rural China.


The project was supported by the Fogarty International Center, the National Institutes of Health grant (R01MH100298). This work was also supported by the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University from the Ministry of Education China.



Reference: Xue, J., Chen, S., Bogner, H. R., Tang, W., Li, L., & Conwell, Y. (2017). The prevalence of depressive symptoms among older patients with hypertension in rural China. International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 32(12), 1411-1417.