Objective: The purpose of this investigation was to review studies of the effectiveness of self-help manuals for treating anxiety disorders in primary care. Methods: Six identified randomised controlled trials were systematically reviewed. The articles were coded for quality variables as well as outcome. Results: The studies reviewed showed differences with respect to methodological quality, measurements used and size of the study population. Despite these differences, global results suggest that a self-help manual is an effective treatment option for primary care patients with anxiety disorders. The more time spent on guidance in the use of the self-help manual the greater its effectiveness. Conclusion: Treatment of anxiety disorders using a self-help manual may be effective in primary care. Data are lacking on the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of these manuals.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Huisarts en Wetenschap|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2006|