Flexible Treatment Aides Anxiety
A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association examined the effectiveness of a flexible intervention plan for anxiety disorders coordinated through the patient’s primary care provider. The treatment plan was dubbed Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management (CALM) and included the options of receiving medication and/or cognitive behavior therapy in addition to “computer-assisted treatment support.”
1,004 patients were treated using CALM or the “usual care” and then given a follow-up test, the Brief Symptom Inventory. The data indicated that those treated by CALM maintained lower symptoms of anxiety than those patients treated by the “usual care.” An approach such as CALM, which allows treatment to be individualized, may be an option for treatment intervention of anxiety disorders.
JAMA and Archives Journals (2010, May 24). Flexible treatment intervention associated with greater improvement in anxiety symptoms. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 25, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100518101614.htm
Original Journal Article: Delivery of Evidence-Based Treatment for Multiple Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care: A Randomized Controlled Trial by Peter Roy-Byrne et al. in The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2010