[Panic disorder and agoraphobia in general practice: Advantages and pitfalls of a practice team-supported exposure training from the general practitioner's perspective - a qualitative study]
SourceZeitschrift Fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen, 143, (2019), pp. 15-20
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Zeitschrift Fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen
SubjectRadboudumc 16: Vascular damage RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
INTRODUCTION: For the treatment of anxiety disorders behavior therapy-oriented methods are recommended for primary care as well. Within the trial "Jena-PARADISE" a primary care practice team-supported exposure training for patients with panic disorder with or without agoraphobia was developed and evaluated. The present paper gives an overview of general practitioners' subjective views on the practicability, feasibility and effectiveness of this new intervention for both patients and GP teams. METHODS: Questions were operationalized based on Bellg's intervention fidelity framework. Fourteen GPs of the intervention group were sampled purposefully and interviewed in a semi-structured way. Generated data were analyzed following Mayring's content analysis approach. RESULTS: The treatment program was positively assessed among the GPs and seen as a useful therapeutic option for inadequately treated patients. The therapy elements 'psycho-education' and 'interoceptive exposure exercises' were described as feasible, while situational exercises and relapse prevention got a less positive rating. The active participation of the nurse in the treatment program was seen as supportive. CONCLUSION: From the GP perspective, the treatment program for patients with panic disorder and/or agoraphobia seems to be a viable therapeutic option in primary care.
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