Telepsychiatry Today

Steven Chan, Michelle Parish, Peter Mackinlay Yellowlees

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Abstract

The use of video-based telepsychiatry is increasing in response to consumer demand for convenient, inexpensive, and readily accessible services; improved financial reimbursement; and a robust body of evidence-based literature. Telepsychiatry leads to high patient and provider satisfaction ratings, and outcomes equivalent to in-person care, while younger generations often prefer telepsychiatry over face-to-face encounters. The evidence base for telepsychiatry is especially strong with respect to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and ADHD, while its use in underserved ethnic groups is well described in the American Indian, Hispanic, and Asian populations. Despite this, telepsychiatry barriers still persist. These include personal bias—especially in leadership—and insufficient training; the challenging business environment and legislative processes; and inconsistent reimbursement, licensing, and prescription policies. Technology is now less of a barrier, and it is clear that telepsychiatry overall is flourishing and changing the way that providers are working and patients are being treated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number89
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
Volume17
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 25 2015

Keywords

  • Innovation
  • Technology
  • Telemedicine
  • Telepsychiatry
  • Video consultation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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