From the Editor
“Anxiety and depression in youth are widely prevalent, highly impairing, and woefully undertreated.”
So writes San Diego State University’s V. Robin Weersing and her co-authors in a new JAMA Psychiatry paper. In this study, they compare a pediatric clinic-based brief behavioural treatment to referral to outpatient services for depression and anxiety. It’s a novel approach – and one with significant advantages (housing treatment in a primary care setting, to name just one).
So does this work? Spoiler alert: the brief behavioural treatment (BBT) comes out on top.
Anxiety treatment in the peds office: would Norman Rockwell approve?
As an accompanying Editorial notes: “The efficacy of BBT is particularly telling given the low response rate to treatment as usual in the control condition (57% vs 28%), especially for Hispanic populations (76% vs 7%).”
Please note: there will be no Reading next week because of the APA Annual Meeting. (I hope to see you in California.)