Anxiety: effective recognition, assessment and management
Review your assessment of anxiety symptoms, diagnosis of anxiety disorders and selection of evidence-based treatment options.
Start: 21 February 2019
This Clinical e-Audit requires data to be submitted for SEVEN (7) patients.
This activity has been accredited for 40 (Category 1) points (QI activity) in the RACGP QI&CPD Program for the 2017–2019 triennium (activity 147788)
This activity has been approved for Mental Health CPD points.
This activity has been accredited for 30 PRPD points in the ACRRM PDP Program for the 2017–2019 triennium (activity 15110)
Recognised for the Practice Incentives Program Quality Prescribing Incentive (PIP QPI)
Presentations by patients with anxiety symptoms in general practice can be complex and challenging, and anxiety disorders are under-recognised by both patients and GPs. Only 27% of people with anxiety disorders seek professional help, and of those, only one-third receive the minimum treatment to adequately manage the condition. Better recognition, assessment and management of anxiety can improve the lives of patients with anxiety disorders. This Clinical e-Audit will guide you to:
- review your approach to assessing anxiety symptoms and diagnosing an anxiety disorder in line with guideline recommendations
- consider using CBT (both face to face and online), and understand what is involved so you can support your patients
- identify strategies to optimise medicine use
- access tools and information that may be helpful to support your patients.
Our Clinical e-Audits are free quality improvement activities that help GPs review their current prescribing practice for patients with certain conditions, compared with current best practice guidelines.
- completing electronic data collection for 7 patients
- submitting de-identified data securely online
- reflecting on immediate patient-specific feedback to help you change your practice
- reviewing individual and peer feedback results, based on achievement of best practice clinical indicators
- recording progress of individual patients automatically identified for review
- reflecting on improvements in your practice.
Participation in this activity will help you:
- Distinguish between acute anxiety and an anxiety disorder.
- Assess severity of anxiety disorder to guide discussions with the patient about treatment options.
- Discuss and agree on expectations of psychological treatment with the patient.
- Recognise when pharmacological treatment is needed and optimise antidepressant use.
- have access to a summary of best practice recommendations
- receive practical advice to provide to your patients
- create an individualised management plan for each patient
- receive immediate feedback and be able to compare your results with those of your peers.
Expert commentary by Prof Michael Baigent
Prof Baigent brings insight from his experience as the Head of Flinders Psychological Therapy at the Flinders Medical Centre, as well a professor at the Department of Psychiatry at Flinders University, and a senior specialist at the Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia.