Assessment Scales in Depression and Anxiety
by Lam (9781841844343)

Assessment Scales in Depression and Anxiety
 
Lam
Release Date: 10 Jan 2005
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 198
Category: Clinical & Internal Medicine
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781841844343
ISBN-10: 1841844349



Much evidence supports the clinical importance of full symptom remission in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, given that residual symptoms are associated with poor outcomes including higher risk of relapse, chronicity, and suicide, and lower quality of life. Clinical practice guidelines now target remission as a primary objective for acute treatment. Because remission is usually defined as scores within the normal range on a symptom scale, the importance of using validated assessment scales to track outcome is becoming increasingly recognized as important for clinical care. Disease management programs to improve outcomes in depressive and anxiety disorders also enlist the use of outcome scales as aids for clinical decision-making. Because of these recent developments, there is increasing interest among clinicians in the use of validated assessment scales in their clinical practices. There are a number of books recently published on assessment scales for depression and anxiety. However, these books are generally more detailed than clinicians require, are specific to one or other condition, or involve specialty populations (children, geriatrics). Hence, there is stil

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