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Resources for the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment based
Proactive and Personalised Primary Care of the Elderly


Generalised Anxiety Disorder

7 Item Questionaire

Purpose : Brief screening questionnaire for generalized anxiety disorder.

Admin time :  5 min

User Friendly :  High

Administered by : Healthcare provider or self-administered


Content : Seven items measuring worry and anxiety symptoms. Each item is scored on a four-point Likert scale (0–3) with total scores ranging from 0 to 21 with higher scores reflecting greater anxiety severity


Author :  Spitzer RL, 2006

Copyright : Free to use

The copyright for theGAD-7 was formerly held with Pfizer, who provided the educational grant for Drs Spitzer, Williams and Kroenke who originally designed it. This is no longer the case and no permission is required to reproduce, translate, display or distribute the PHQ-9.

Translation : Available in several languages : access


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GAD-7 - online




  • Free to use

  • Available in several languages
  • Relatively brief
  • Easy to score
  • Correlations with other psychiatric instruments support the reliability and validity of the GAD-7


  • ​GAD-7 provides only probable diagnoses that should be confirmed by further evaluation

Accuracy : 

sensitivity 89% , and specificity 82% (Spitzer RL, 2006)

This Tool is used in Depression

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Depression is one of 4 sub-domains of the  

Psychological Assessment

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The Psychological Assessment is one of 8 domains of the

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)

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