Should primary care clinicians screen asymptomatic adults for anxiety disorders?
In this first-time evidence review, the USPSTF recommends screening for anxiety disorders in asymptomatic adults, 19 to 64 years, including pregnant and postpartum persons (B recommendation). The task force further concludes that evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for anxiety disorders in adults 65 years or older (I statement). As with depression screening, it is important that persons who screen positive are evaluated further and, if appropriate, provided or referred for appropriate treatment. 2c
Study design: Practice guideline
Setting: Various (guideline)
David C. Slawson, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine for Education and Scholarship
Professor of Family Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill