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GAD-7: Finally a Short Assessment Tool for GAD?

Traditionally, GAD has resisted diagnosis via short clinical scales. A newly published study, however, indicates that the GAD-7, a 7-item anxiety measure, is both reliable and valid in diagnosing GAD. 2,740 patients completed the GAD-7; their results were then compared with diagnoses by independent clinicians, functional status measures, health care use, and disability days. 89% of patients with GAD scored ≥10 on the GAD-7, while 82% of patients without the disorder scored <10. This study appeared in the Archives of Internal Medicine. http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/166/10/1092