What You’ll Learn

After completing this course, learners will be equipped with evidence-based strategies to identify and treat anxiety in patients living with a serious illness.

Learning outcomes for this course include:

  1. Define the prevalence of anxiety.
  2. Explain one anxiety assessment tool.
  3. Identify four categories of medications used to treat anxiety.
  4. Discuss evidence for complementary treatment approaches for anxiety including yoga, tai chi, herbs and supplements.
  5. Explain the difference between generalized anxiety disorder and adjustment disorder with anxious features.

What You’ll Earn

Only CAPC members who are logged in can earn the following free Continuing Education Credits:

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Case Management: 1.25 CE
  • Nursing: 1.00 CNE, 0.25 Pharmacotherapy
  • Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)
  • Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)

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Tools & Resources

GAD-7 Anxiety Scale

Measure for assessing generalized anxiety disorder.

PHQ-4 Validated Screening Tool for Anxiety and Depression

Brief (4-question) screening tool for anxiety and depression.

Symptom Management Glossary

Key terms related to symptom management. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2017.

Course References: Anxiety in Patients with Serious Illness

Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2021.

Fast Fact #186: Anxiety in Palliative Care

Screening tools and diagnosing anxiety in patients with serious illness.

DSM-V: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition

Taxonomic and diagnostic tool for mental disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Sean M. Marks, MD. Associate Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin.

Brittany Chambers, MPH, MCHES. Associate Director of Education, Center to Advance Palliative Care.

Brynne Hunter, MSIT. Education Technology Program Manager, Center to Advance Palliative Care.

Drew Rosielle, MD, FAAHPM. Palliative Care, Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Medical School.

Lolita Melhado, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC. Family Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care, Gulf Coast Medical Center - Lee Memorial Health System.

Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President, Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.

Karl Bezak, MD. Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburgh (UPMC).*

Nora Brennan, RN. Cardiology, University of Pennsylvania Hospital System.

Dara Duncan, RN. Hospice and Palliative Care Registered Nurse, Wiener Family Palliative Care Unit
Mount Sinai Hospital.

Gabrielle Langmann, MD. Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Master’s of Science in Medical Education Candidate, University of Pittsburgh.*

Ayla Pelleg, MD. Assistant Professor, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

*indicates ABIM Peer Reviewer

Contact information: For answers to frequently asked questions about CAPC courses, read the Online Course FAQ. For technical questions about course activity, email membership@capc.org. For questions about continuing education credits, contact 201-957-0077.

Provided by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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