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Aims: To determine the relationship between ABC goal attainment, depression, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among a national sample of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM).

Methods: A retrospective, cross-sectional analysis was performed examining 808 non-pregnant patients ≥ 20 years old with T2DM from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007-2012. ABC goals were defined as HbA1c < 7%, BP < 130/80mmHg, and LDL-C < 100mg/dL. Patient characteristics associated with ABC goal attainment were examined.

Results: Overall, 23.7% of participants achieved simultaneous ABC goals. Severe depression was significantly associated with lower rates of ABC goal attainment compared to those with no depression (5.0% vs. 25.4%, p = 0.048). ABC goal attainment rates were lower among females, Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black minority groups, and patients with a duration of diabetes over five years, while increased visits with health care professionals was significantly associated with meeting all three ABC goals for patients with T2DM.

Conclusions: The relationship between simultaneous ABC goal attainment, depression and HRQoL is complex. Patients with T2DM unable to meet ABC goals may benefit from increased contact with health care professionals.

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Originally published in the Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, 29(6), 794-800. This is an accepted manuscript. The final version can be found here: doi:10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2015.04.009