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Evidence to Improve Care

Anxiety Disorders

Care in All Settings

This quality standard addresses care for people with an anxiety disorder. It applies to care for people in all settings but focuses on primary and community care. This quality standard addresses the following anxiety disorder types: specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. It focuses on care for adults but also includes content that is relevant for children and adolescents.

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The two guides below are in draft form. Please check back here in a few months for the finalized guides and for a variety of other resources related to this standard.

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Quality Standard

Know what quality care looks like, based on evidence and expert consensus


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Patient Conversation Guide

If you have an anxiety disorder: Know what to ask for in your care


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Health Quality Ontario thanks the following individuals for their generous, voluntary contributions of time and expertise to help create this quality standard:

Randi E. McCabe (co-chair)
Director, Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Peggy M.A. Richter (co-chair)
Head, Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Sharon Bal
Family Physician, Delta Coronation Family Health Organization

Mary Bartram
Independent Researcher and Consultant

Jaime Brown
Lived Experience Advisor; Research Coach, Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

Suzanne Filion
Director of Strategic Development, Hawkesbury and District General Hospital

Cheryl Fiske
Occupational Therapist, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Mark Freeman
Lived Experience Advisor; Peer Support Worker; Author

Judith Laposa
Psychologist and Clinician Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Lisa Leblanc
Team Lead, Counselling and Treatment Team, Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch

Melanie Lefebvre
Lived Experience Advisor; Program Coordinator, Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology; Previous Case Manager, Canadian Mental Health Association–Sudbury/Manitoulin

Barbara Loeprich
Nurse Practitioner, De Dwa Da Dehs Nyes>s Aboriginal Health Centre

Sandy Marangos
Program Director, Mental Health and Emergency Services, North York General Hospital

Carol Miller
Lived Experience Advisor; Knowledge Specialist, Gender at Work

Kimberly Moran
Lived Experience Advisor; Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Mental Health Ontario

Neil Rector
Senior Scientist and Psychologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Karen Rowa
Psychologist, Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Steven Selchen
Chief of Psychiatry, Joseph Brant Hospital

Noam Soreni
Psychiatrist, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

Lindsay Yarrow
Director of Clinical Service and Community Integration, Addiction and Mental Health Services, Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington

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