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Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7)

How to Use the GAD-7

Patients circle one of the 4 numbers (representing severity) associated with 7 problems. If patients identify any problems, they then indicate (by checking the appropriate box) the degree to which these problems made it difficult for them to work, take care of home responsibilities, or get along with people.


How to Score the GAD-7

Add the values for each column, and then add the total for each column to get the total score.


For GAD:

Sensitivity:  89% 
Specificity:  82%
Spitzer RL, et al. Arch Intern Med . 2006;166:1092-1097

GAD-7 sensitivity and specificity
Kroenke K, Spitzer RL, Williams JB, et al; Ann Intern Med. 2007 Mar 6;146(5):317-25.
GAD-7 scoring
Spitzer RL, Kroenke K, Williams JB, Lowe B. A brief measure for assessing generalized anxiety disorder: the GAD-7. Arch Intern Med. 2006; 166:1092-1097.


The Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale-7 (GAD-7) is fast becoming a gold-standard measurement tool for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Treatment guidelines around the world recommend use of measurement-based care. However, a shortcoming in our field is the lack of in-depth knowledge about what this instrument is, how to interpret scores, and how to utilize the GAD-7 in everyday clinical practice. This short (less than 7 minutes), learner-friendly video is designed to introduce the GAD-7 and get you ready to use it today. The creator and narrator of this video is Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, a Psych Congress Steering Committee member.

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