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Implementation of a brief anxiety assessment and evaluation in a Department of Veterans Affairs geriatric primary care clinic

Christine E. Gould, PhD, et al.

This article describes the feasibility of implementing a new anxiety screening measure in a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) geriatric primary care clinic and the evaluation of the measure???s utility. Anxiety disorders are common in older Veterans and accelerate functional decline among older adults, which makes improving the detection of this class of mental health disorders crucial. Two brief self-report measures, the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) and the Geriatric Depression Scale, were completed by 50 patients. Findings suggest the GAI may not be appropriate for differentiating anxiety symptoms from depression but is useful and appropriate as a tool for interdisciplinary providers in VA primary care clinics to screen for and monitor anxiety symptoms in older patients. Detection of anxiety likely benefits patients by identifying distressing symptoms and thereby initiating conversations about available treatments.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0258

Volume 53 Number 3, 2016
   Pages 335 — 344


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Gould CE, Beaudreau SA, Gullickson G, Tenover JL, Bauer EA, Huh JW. Implementation of a brief anxiety assessment and evaluation in a Department of Veterans Affairs geriatric primary care clinic. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(3):335–44.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0258
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