Managing Anxiety in Primary Care

Denise A. Chavira, Murray B. Stein and Peter Roy-Byrne

in Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Managing Anxiety in Primary Care

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This chapter discusses how anxiety disorders are common in primary care and are associated with considerable impact. Despite their prevalence and impact, anxiety disorders frequently go undetected and untreated. Furthermore, quality of care for patients with anxiety disorders is often suboptimal. During the past decade, increased efforts have been made to improve care for patients with anxiety disorders. Brief and empirically validated screening instruments have begun to facilitate detection. Treatment outcome data support the utility of integrated anxiety intervention models that often include collaboration with primary care providers, case management, evidence-based psychotherapy, and/or pharmacotherapy. Although barriers to care still exist, sustained efforts to address these barriers and implement evidence-based interventions in primary care will further improve access and quality of care for patients with anxiety disorders.

Keywords: anxiety; assessment; barriers; primary care; treatment

Article.  7665 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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