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Objective: Our study examined the barriers to treatment experienced by people with anxiety disorders (ADs) who had not received services for their problems. Recommendations to improve treatment access made by participants are reported. Method: A web-based questionnaire on treatment accessibility for anxiety disorders was completed by 610 people living in Quebec reporting an anxiety problem. Chi-square tests were used to compare answers from people who received services (n = 151) with answers from people who had not (n = 434). Results: Treatment wait times that were too long (χ2 = 29.66, df = 1, P < 0.001), difficulties reaching a professional by phone (χ2 = 13.75, df = 1, P < 0.001), and geographical distance from service sites (χ2 = 4.34, df = 1, P = 0.04) were obstacles that hindered participants who had not received the services they were seeking, more than those who had received services. Conclusions: Participant-reported barriers and recommendations highlight the need to increase access to health care professionals in terms of wait times, to train and inform primary care professionals about screening and treating ADs, and to develop psychotherapeutic services availability in the public health network.

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