Management of generalised anxiety disorder in adults: Summary of NICE guidance

National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK.
BMJ (online) (Impact Factor: 17.45). 01/2011; 342(jan26 1):c7460. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.c7460
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