Clinicians’ Feedback on Treating Panic Disorder: Results of Survey

The Society of Clinical Psychology, Division 12 of the American Psychological Association (APA), has just posted the results of a survey of clinicians’ experiences in using an empirically supported treatment (EST)—cognitive-behavior therapy—for treating panic disorder (see below for initial call for survey participants).  This is part of the Society’s attempt to build a two-way bridge between research and practice. The initiative is based on the two-way communication mechanism that physicians in the US have, where they are able to provide feedback to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on their clinical experiences in using a drug even after its efficacy has been demonstrated by clinical trials. In a similar way, the Society’s initiative seeks to close the gap between therapy research and practice by not only having researchers disseminate their findings from ESTs, but also by having clinicians provide their observations on issues in need of further research that have arisen when using these interventions in clinical practice.

The Society will be extending this effort next by surveying clinicians on their experiences in using ESTs in the treatment of (1) general anxiety disorder and (2) social anxiety disorder (social phobia).

The findings of the clinical survey on panic disorder are currently available on the Society’s Web site (http://www.div12.org/PanicSurvey), and will be published in The Clinical Psychologist later this year as:later this year as:

American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12 Committee on Building a Two-Way Bridge Between Research and Practice (2010). Clinicians’ Experiences in using an Empirically Support Treatment (EST) for Panic Disorder: Results of a Survey. The Clinical Psychologist.