A feasibility study of the use of asynchronous telepsychiatry for psychiatric consultations

Peter Mackinlay Yellowlees, Alberto M Odor, Michelle Burke Parish, Ana-Maria Iosif, Karen Haught, Donald Hilty

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Objective: This study examined the feasibility of conducting psychiatric consultations using asynchronous, or store-and-forward, videobased telepsychiatry. Methods: Video-recorded 20- to 30-minute assessments of 60 nonemergency, English-speaking adult patients in a medically underserved county in California were uploaded along with other patient data to a Webbased record. Two psychiatrists then used the record to provide psychiatric consultations to the referring primary care providers. Results: Eighty-five percent of patients received diagnoses of mood disorders, 32% diagnoses of substance use disorders, 53% diagnoses of anxiety disorders, and 5% other axis I diagnoses. Psychiatrists recommended short-term medication changes for 95% of the patients and provided guidelines for possible future changes. Conclusions: This study - the first study of asynchronous telepsychiatry to be published - demonstrated the feasibility of this approach. This type of assessment should not replace the face-to-face psychiatric interview, but it may be a very helpful additional process that improves access to care and expertise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)838-840
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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