Assessment and treatment of patients with anxiety
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Assessment and treatment of patients with anxiety

Amanda McGrandles Lecturer in mental health nursing, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland, Ayr
Tim Duffy Research and international project manager, University of the West of Scotland, Ayr

This article aims to assist nurses in the identification, assessment and treatment of patients experiencing anxiety. The focus is on generalised anxiety disorder and its effect on the individual and society. Guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is used to inform management strategies. Nurses have a pivotal role to play in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and need to work closely with patients to ensure they receive appropriate support and referral if necessary.

Nursing Standard. 26, 35,48-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.05.26.35.48.c9082

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review