The e-mental health consultation service: Providing enhanced primary-care mental health services through telemedicine

Jonathan D. Neufeld, Peter Mackinlay Yellowlees, Donald M. Hilty, Hattie Cobb, James A. Bourgeois

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Abstract

This article describes the University of California, Davis Medical Center eMental Health Consultation Service, a program designed to integrate tele-mental health clinical services, provider-to-provider consultation, and provider distance education. During the first year of operation, consultations were provided for 289 cases. The most common diagnoses among children were for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder-spectrum problems. Among the adult patients, mood disorders were most common. A convenience sample of 33 adult patients who completed the SF-12 health status measure showed significant improvements in mental health status at 3-6 months of follow-up. This model of comprehensive rural outpatient primary mental health care delivered at a distance shows promise for wider application and deserves further study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-141
Number of pages7
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

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Telemedicine
Mental Health Services
Primary Health Care
Referral and Consultation
Health Status
Mental Health
Distance Education
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Mood Disorders
Health Services
Outpatients
Primary Care

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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The e-mental health consultation service : Providing enhanced primary-care mental health services through telemedicine. / Neufeld, Jonathan D.; Yellowlees, Peter Mackinlay; Hilty, Donald M.; Cobb, Hattie; Bourgeois, James A.

In: Psychosomatics, Vol. 48, No. 2, 03.2007, p. 135-141.

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Neufeld, Jonathan D. ; Yellowlees, Peter Mackinlay ; Hilty, Donald M. ; Cobb, Hattie ; Bourgeois, James A. / The e-mental health consultation service : Providing enhanced primary-care mental health services through telemedicine. In: Psychosomatics. 2007 ; Vol. 48, No. 2. pp. 135-141.
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