The Ottawa Anxiety Algorithm is an anxiety algorithm designed to be used by primary care professionals (such as family physicians and nurse practitioners) in the treatment of adult anxiety in your office, at point of care. It helps you assess, diagnosis and manage your patient. Should you decide to refer, it has information and links to local resources.The Algorithm was developed by Dr's Douglas Green, Asmat Khan, and Michael Cheng, and the support of many colleagues at the University of Ottawa and beyond.
Where can this algorithm be used?
This algorithm is designed for use by health care professionals anywhere in Canada.
Dr. Raj Bhatla, Royal Ottawa Hospital Mood and Anxiety Program, for providing the financial support to allow for the creation of the algorithm
Dr. Pierre Blier, University of Ottawa Department of Psychiatry, for assistance with pharmacotherapy of anxiety
Dr. Maurice Sani, University of Ottawa resident in psychiatry, for research assistance
John Withnall and Denisa Prochazka of Webcanvas.ca for their terrific work in creating the website.
Ottawa Hospital social worker Brooke Willis for sharing her Ottawa comprehensive resource list.
Dr. Nicola McCleary and Dr. Justin Presseau from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute for their research in addressing the facilitators and barriers to using the website.
The following people provided advice regarding the design of the algorithm:
Dr. Kathy Gillis, University of Ottawa Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Shaun McGuire, University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Jay Mercer, University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Julie Beaulac, University of Ottawa Department of Psychology
Dr. Simon Hatcher, University of Ottawa Department of Psychiatry
Isaac Green, Dalhousie University
Special thanks toLucidChart.comfor donating an academic license of their software for us to use.
The information contained in this Anxiety algorithm is intended primarily for health professionals and other expert audiences.
This Anxiety algorithm should not be construed as medical advice or medical opinion related to any specific facts or circumstances. Patients and families are urged to consult a health care professional regarding their own situation and any specific medical questions they may have. In addition, they should seek assistance from a health care professional in interpreting this Anxiety algorithm and applying it in their individual case.
This Anxiety algorithm is designed to assist clinicians by providing an analytical framework for the evaluation and treatment of patients, and is not intended either to replace a clinician's judgment or to establish a protocol for all patients with a particular condition.