Journal article

A new case-finding tool for anxiety: A pragmatic diagnostic validity study in primary care

Sophie Puddifoot, Bruce Arroll, Felicity A Goodyear-Smith, Ngaire M Kerse, Tana G Fishman, Jane M Gunn

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY IN MEDICINE | BAYWOOD PUBL CO INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Anxiety is common in the community and in family practice (FP) patients. It is a treatable condition but often not diagnosed. The aim of this study was to determine the validity of two written questions to aid family physicians in the identification of anxiety. The first question asks the patient whether they have been worrying a lot during the past month; and the second question asks whether the patient would like help with this problem. METHODS: The study was a pragmatic cross sectional validity study conducted with 19 family physicians in six clinics in New Zealand. The outcomes were the sensitivity, specificity, and likelihood ratios compared with the HADS anxiety score > or =..

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