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CBT 'eases worry and anxiety' in older patients

Cognitive behavioural therapy can be effective for generalised anxiety disorder in older adults treated in primary care, US researchers have shown.

A randomised clinical trial of 134 adult patients aged an average of 66.9 years were assigned to three months of either CBT or usual care in two primary care settings between March 2004 and August 2006, and then were assessed every three month during a 15 month follow-up period.

CBT significantly improved eased patients' severity of worry, with an 8.8-point reduction compared with those receiving usual care. Depressive symptoms and general mental health also improved relative to usual care, by 2.6 and 4.3 points respectively.

JAMA. 2009;301(14):1460-1467.

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