Research Group on Treatment Accessibility for Anxiety Disorders

To find out more about the expectations and needs of people with anxiety disorders, Michel Perreault, PhD, and his team turned to the Web. Between April and November 2008, an extensive Web-based consultation process was announced and made available through hyperlinks posted on the following sites:

  • Phobies-Zéro
  • Revivre
  • Association des Troubles Anxieux du Québec
  • Douglas Institute
  • Hôpital L.-H. Lafontaine
  • Association Canadienne en Santé Mentale

Mass mailings were sent out to promote participation in the study (list of the Société Québécoise de Recherche en Psychologie and list of a student association at UQÀM). Brochures and ads were also distributed in Montreal's Francophone universities and in specialized anxiety disorder clinics.

Results

The consultation proved to be successful. More than 700 individuals completed the questionnaire that was made available via the Web sites of the different partners of the study. Of this number, 635 were persons having an anxiety disorder, and 61 were caregivers. They expressed and described the difficulties encountered when trying to access resources that could offer treatment. The results are analyzed in the following publications:

Team

Principal investigator
Michel Perreault, PhD, Douglas Institute; Professor, McGill University

Co-researchers
Claude Bélanger, PhD, Psychologist, Douglas Institute; Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
André Marchand, PhD, Psychologist, Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine; Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Stéphane Bouchard, PhD, Researcher, Université du Québec en Outaouais and Centre hospitalier Pierre Janet.

Managers
Valérie Royle, Phobies-Zéro
Mimi Israël, MD, FRCP, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Douglas Institute; Professor, McGill University 
Camillo Zacchia, PhD, Professional Chief of Psychology, Douglas Institute

Coordinator
Anick Laverdure, Douglas Institute

Publications

Scientific articles 

  1. Perreault, M., Julien, D., White, N. D., Bélanger, C., Marchand, A., Katerelos, T., Milton, D. (2013; en ligne). Treatment Modality Preferences and Adherence to Group Treatment for Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia, Psychiatric Quarterlyh
  2. Perreault, M., Lafortune, D., Laverdure, A., Chartier-Otis, M., Bélanger, C., Marchand, A., Bouchard, S., Milton D. (2013). Obstacles dans l’accès au traitement rapportés par des personnes aux prises avec un trouble anxieux. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 58 (5) : 300-305.
  3. Katerelos, T., Perreault, M., Bélanger, C., Marchand, A., Pecknold, J. (2011). The differential impact of prognostic and process expectations versus panic severity on depressive symptoms in panic disorder with agoraphobia. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 7(2), 241-260.
  4. Chartier-Otis, M., Perreault, M., Bélanger, C. et Marchand, A. (2010). Fardeau, soutien social et besoins de services chez les proches de personnes souffrant de troubles émotionnels. Revue québécoise de psychologie, 31(3), 221-242.
  5. Chartier-Otis, M., Perreault, M., Bélanger, C. (2010). Determinants of barriers to treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Psychiatric Quarterly, 81(2), 127-138.
  6. Perreault, M., Chartier-Otis, M., Bélanger, C., Marchand, A., Zacchia, C., Bouchard, S. (2009) Trouble panique avec agoraphobie et trouble d’anxiété sociale : recours aux pairs-aidants et accès au traitement, Santé Mentale au Québec, 34(1), 187-198.
  7. Perreault, M. Chartier-Otis, M., White, N.D., Bélanger, C., Marchand, A., Zacchia, C. (2009) Évaluation d’une consultation en ligne portant sur les troubles anxieux, Journal International de Victimologie, 20, 1-5.

Book chapters

  1. Katerelos, T. E., Bélanger, C., Perreault, M., El-Baalbaki, G., Pecknold, J. (2011). The Differential Impact of Expectancies and Symptom Severity on Cognitive Behavior Therapy Outcome in Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia. In Ágnes Szirmai (Editor), Anxiety and Related Disorders, Intech Books, August 2011. ISBN 978-953-307-254-8, 22 p.

Publications in periodicals

  1. Perreault, M. Chartier-Otis, M., White, N.D., Bélanger, C., Marchand, A., Zacchia, C. (2009) Évaluation d’une consultation en ligne portant sur les troubles anxieux, Bulletin de la Société Canadienne de Psychologie, section Trauma, 12-16.
  2. Perreault, M. Chartier-Otis, M., White, N.D., Bélanger, C., Marchand, A., Zacchia, C., Bouchard, S. (2009) Assessment of an Online Consultation for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Canadian Psychological Association Newsletter, Disaster & Trauma section, 10-14.

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