IAPT Phobia Scale

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This calculator is recommended together with the PHQ-9 and GAD-7 in the assessment of patients in the 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)' pathway.[1]

IAPT Phobia Scale
All three questions are marked on a scale of 0-8 depending on how much the patient avoids the circumstances described.
Patients should be asked to choose a number from the scale below, then record the number in the box opposite the situation.

0 = Would not avoid it, 2 = Slightly avoid it, 4 = Definitely avoid it, 6 = Markedly avoid it, 8 = Always avoid it.
In-between answers (1, 3, 5, 7 are allowed)
1. Social situations due to a fear of being embarrassed or making a fool of myself.
2. Certain situations because of a fear of having a panic attack or other distressing symptoms
(such as loss of bladder control, vomiting or dizziness).
3. Certain situations because of a fear of particular objects or activities
(such as animals, heights, seeing blood, being in confined spaces, driving or flying).

The IAPT Phobia Scale is reproduced from the IAPT Toolkit which is ©Crown copyright. Reproduced under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

Scores to each of the questions should be recorded at each session according to the IAPT toolkit.[1]

Further reading & references

  1. NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme

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Original Author:
Dr Huw Thomas
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Peer Reviewer:
Dr Colin Tidy
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