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Medical News & Perspectives
April 23 2008

Scientists Examine Primary Care–Based Screening and Treatments for Anxiety

JAMA. 2008;299(16):1886-1887. doi:10.1001/jama.299.16.1886

Savannah, Ga—Although anxiety disorders are common and disabling conditions among primary care patients, they often go unrecognized and untreated in this setting. Several efforts are under way to remedy these gaps in care by providing validated brief screening tools and innovative primary care–based interventions for these disorders.

Scientists presented data at the annual conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) here in March on some of these efforts. Among the highlighted research were studies testing telephone-based therapies that would allow patients to receive behavioral therapies through their primary care provider. Studies of very brief screening tools for identifying patients with these disorders also have been recently published.