Last updated on May 2019

Optimizing Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders

Brief description of study

Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent and are associated with a high burden of disease, costs and individual impairment worldwide. Psychotherapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is the first line treatment for anxiety disorders. CBT is effective in modifying dysfunctional cognitions and reducing avoidance behavior, thus leading to a lasting reduction of symptoms.

Even though CBT is generally effective, around 50% of patients do not benefit sufficiently from this treatment. The current study aims at optimizing the treatment of anxiety disorders by identifying predictors of treatment response. Multiple (neuro-)psychological, biological, genetic and behavioral variables will be combined into a comprehensive prediction model of treatment outcome. Knowledge on predictors can then be used to improve therapy on an individual patient level.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03945617

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