Evaluation of a pilot second-opinion child telepsychiatry service

A. D. Hockey, Peter Mackinlay Yellowlees, S. Murphy

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A second-opinion child psychiatry service was piloted for six months in the northern-most two-thirds of Queensland. It provided specialist expertise by telehealth to local multidisciplinary teams of mental health staff. During the study period, 28 videoconferences were performed by the service: nine for administrative purposes, two for educational purposes, and 17 for direct and indirect clinical applications. The mean time between a referral being made and a consultation being performed was 4.7 days (range 1-1 3). A survey administered to referring and non-referring mental health workers showed that the major barriers to service implementation included the limited allied health applications that were offered, a perceived lack of communication during the implementation phase of the service, and the creation of a new referral network that did not conform to traditional referral patterns in the north of Queensland.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-50
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Informatics


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