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Anxiety: The primary care provider role

What to expect of a primary care clinician

  • Follow up on complaints of anxiety.
  • Clarify the major anxiety symptoms, use screening questions.
  • Discuss probable diagnosis.
  • Offer psychoeducation about self-help, psychotherapy, medication use.
  • Refer for community-based self-help if available.
  • If time and resources allow, provide:
    • bibliotherapy
    • self-help with assistance
    • brief exposure-based treatment
    • more intensive treatment if trained counsellors are available in the practice setting
  • Offer medication treatment:
    • second SSRI or SNRI +/- BZD
    • second SSRI or SNRI
    • specific augmentation

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