General practice nurse-led screening for anxiety in later life in Australian primary care settings

Danny Hills, Sharon Hills, Tracy Robinson, Holly Northam, Catherine Hungerford

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Abstract

Objective
To test the feasibility of general practice nurse (GPN)–led screening for clinically significant symptoms of anxiety (CSSA) in older people and to estimate the prevalence of CSSA.

Methods
General practice nurse‐led screening for CSSA was undertaken in eight general practices by integrating the five‐item Geriatric Anxiety Inventory—Short Form (GAI‐SF) into the annual 75 years and older health assessment (75+ HA). Prevalence rates were calculated, and field notes were analysed.

Results
Over 30 months, 736 patients were screened for CSSA, with a detected prevalence rate of 20.1%. The application of the GAI‐SF into the 75+ HA was feasible and readily accepted by patients.

Conclusions
The five‐item GAI‐SF is an age‐appropriate screening tool for CSSA in general practice settings. Further research is warranted, particularly in relation to the development and implementation of evidence‐informed, general practice–based interventions for CSSA that can be effectively delivered to meet the needs of older people.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • general practice
  • nurses
  • older persons

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General practice nurse-led screening for anxiety in later life in Australian primary care settings. / Hills, Danny; Hills, Sharon; Robinson, Tracy; Northam, Holly; Hungerford, Catherine.

In: Australasian Journal on Ageing, 04.03.2019.

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