Panel recommends anxiety screenings for adults

By Andrew Cromarty
November 3rd, 2022
anxiety screening

On September 20, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement for anxiety screenings. The panel of volunteer medical experts has recommended that adults between the ages of 19 and 65, including pregnant and postpartum individuals, be screened for anxiety as part of routine medical care. They recommend these screenings regardless of whether the individual has reported current or past symptoms of anxiety.

According to the draft recommendation, there is adequate evidence that psychological interventions to treat anxiety yield a moderate magnitude of benefit for reduced anxiety symptoms in adults. The recommendation was issued with a “B grade,” indicating that the task force believes with reasonable certa...

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