In older adults with anxiety disorders what is the most effective behavioural intervention in reducing anxiety symptoms? (with any additional comments on outcomes in relation to depression)
systematic review provided some indication of a small positive
effect, for all of the active treatments assessed (cognitive
behavioural therapy (CBT), relaxation therapy (RT), CBT+RT, and
active control) upon anxiety and depression in older adults.
However, there was no clear indication of any difference in
effectiveness between the treatments assessed. As noted by the
authors, limitations in the available evidence mean that their
results should be interpreted with caution. Further, larger RCTs
are needed, which directly compare the effectiveness of different
types of behavioural intervention in this patient group.