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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Know what quality care looks like, based on evidence and expert consensus
Patient Conversation Guide
If you have an anxiety disorder: Know what to ask for in your care
The work on this quality standard started in November 2017.
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
Family Physician, Delta Coronation Family Health Organization
Independent Researcher and Consultant
Lived Experience Advisor; Research Coach, Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
Director of Strategic Development, Hawkesbury and District General Hospital
Occupational Therapist, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Lived Experience Advisor; Peer Support Worker; Author
Psychologist and Clinician Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Team Lead, Counselling and Treatment Team, Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch
Lived Experience Advisor; Program Coordinator, Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology; Previous Case Manager, Canadian Mental Health Association–Sudbury/Manitoulin
Nurse Practitioner, De Dwa Da Dehs Nyes>s Aboriginal Health Centre
Program Director, Mental Health and Emergency Services, North York General Hospital
Lived Experience Advisor; Knowledge Specialist, Gender at Work
Lived Experience Advisor; Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Mental Health Ontario
Senior Scientist and Psychologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Psychologist, Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Chief of Psychiatry, Joseph Brant Hospital
Psychiatrist, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Director of Clinical Service and Community Integration, Addiction and Mental Health Services, Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington