Anxiety in Late Life—Questioning the Federal Guidelines for Anxiety Screening in Older Adults

This Viewpoint discusses the updated US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for anxiety screening in adults.

Recently, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated their draft recommendations for Screening for Anxiety in Adults. While the USPSTF recommends screening for anxiety in young adults, including pregnant and postpartum persons, it does not recommend the same for older adults 65 years and older. The USPSTF states that “the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for anxiety in older adults.”

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