Reducing Health Disparities in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders: A Patient-Centered Approach

Lorenzo Norris, MD

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November 14, 2022

Lorenzo Norris, MD, discusses treatment disparities in anxiety disorders, specifically in Hispanic and African American populations. He expresses concern over patients in these populations not receiving the full treatment they deserve and how issues with access affect the quality of treatment they may receive. He also points out the need for clinicians to consider cultural differences as they pertain to symptoms and manifestations of anxiety disorders in patients.

Norris urges all clinicians to take a patient-centered approach when treating patients with anxiety disorders. He suggests that collaboration with patients to understand who they are and what is important to them can lead to a correct primary and secondary diagnosis so that patients can get the treatment they need.

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