NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers the identification and management of anxiety disorders in primary, secondary and community care for children, young people and adults.

This quality standard covers a range of anxiety disorders, including generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder.

This quality standard does not explicitly address the management of generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder in children (younger than 16 years) because these were not covered in the source guideline (NICE clinical guideline 113).