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Approaches to caring for anxious patients

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March 27, 2024 | 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Patients with anxiety can often overuse health-care resources by presenting multiple health concerns to their physician. Family doctors can face difficulty if the cause of a patient’s concern is anxiety. Diagnosing a patient with anxiety early allows patients to be treated for anxiety instead of ordering multiple unnecessary tests or counselling patients on why they do not require specific tests. Join us as we discuss how to identify anxiety in patients and how to counsel patients who require frequent tests due to underlying anxiety of health concerns.

The Practising Well Community of Practice has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 1 Mainpro+Ⓡcredits. This Community of Practice includes a series of planned webinars. Each session is worth 1 Mainpro+Ⓡcredits, for up to a total of 15 credits.


  • Sharon Bal, Physician Lead, Delta Coronation FHO; Assistant Clinical Professor and Electives Chair, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University; Regional Clinical Primary Care Lead, Ontario Health (West Region)
  • Mel Borins
  • Mehry Kianfar


  • Nikki Bozinoff, Division Head, Mental Health and Addictions, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto; Physician, Concurrent Outpatient Medical and Psychosocial Addiction Support Service, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


  • Stephanie Zhou, Addictions Medicine Physician and EDI & Social Accountability Lead, Sunnybrook Hospital; FHO Lead, Don Mills FHT; Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine; Board Director, Toronto Public Health, Toronto, ON

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Resources (PDF)

Psychotherapy for Treating Anxiety (PDF)

Relaxation Exercise (PDF)

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