Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item

The Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale 7 (GAD-7) was initially designed as a screening tool and severity indicator of generalized anxiety disorder in primary care settings. It is now widely used both as a screening measure for generalized anxiety across treatment settings, and as a progress monitoring tool for anxiety treatment.

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Administration method


Standardized cadence

Every 2 weeks

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Scoring and interpretation

Reliability and validity

GAD-7 scores > 10 had a sensitivity of 89% and a specificity of 82% for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Reliability in outpatient samples averages a Cronbach’s alpha of 0.85.

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