5 steps a GP can take to help distressed patients

Don't rely on screening tools too much, say US experts
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Encouraging distressed patients to turn up to a consult with a list of concerns is the first step in helping them manage their feelings of stress, anxiety, worry or sadness, according to a new five-step strategy.

The practice pointer for encouraging behaviour change has been developed by US experts in primary care, psychiatry and psychology with input from patients.