Recommendation ID
Adults' uptake of and engagement with interventions for social anxiety disorder:- What methods are effective in improving uptake of and engagement with interventions for adults with social anxiety disorder?
Any explanatory notes
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Why this is important:- Effective interventions exist for social anxiety disorder but access to and uptake of services is limited and over 50% of people with social anxiety disorder never receive treatment; of those who do receive treatment many wait 10 years or more for it. This question should be addressed by a programme of work that tests a number of strategies to improve uptake and engagement, including:
- Development and evaluation of improved pathways into care, in collaboration with low users of services, through a series of cohort studies with the outcomes including increased uptake of and retention in services.
- Adapting the delivery of existing interventions for social anxiety disorder in collaboration with service users. Adaptations could include changes to the settings for, methods of delivery of, or staff delivering the interventions. These interventions should be tested in a randomised controlled trial (RCT) design that reports short- and medium-term outcomes (including cost effectiveness) of at least 18 months' duration.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Social anxiety disorder: recognition, assessment and treatment
Date issued
May 2013

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 13/06/2013