Monday, August 16

Measuring Patient Anxiety In Primary Care

Measuring Patient Anxiety
Accurate measurements of patient outcomes are essential in health care when assessing the effectiveness of treatments and interventions. This study evaluates the ability of a commonly used patient questionnaire to measure patient anxiety.

Researchers led by Dr. Helen Court, a lecturer based at Cardiff University, UK, sought to evaluate the measurement properties of the 6-item State-Trait anxiety scale (STAI) and develop a means for researchers and practitioners to convert raw questionnaire scores into a more meaningful measure of patient anxiety.

Statistical analysis of questionnaire responses from 297 primary care patients showed that the scale performs well as a measure of patient anxiety. A conversion table has also been generated to allow conversion of raw anxiety scores into a more interpretable anxiety measurement.

According to Dr. Court "this analysis supports the use of the 6-item STAI within primary health care as a credible measure of patient anxiety".

This study will be discussed in a future issue of Value in Health, the official journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.Value in Health (ISSN 1098-3015) publishes papers, concepts, and ideas that advance the field of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research and help health care leaders to make decisions that are solidly evidence-based.

The journal is published bi-monthly and has a regular readership of over 5,000 clinicians, decision-makers, and researchers worldwide.