The State and Sustainability of Telepsychiatry Programs
- 824 Downloads
Telepsychiatry, or the provision of psychiatric care across a distance using communication technologies, has become widespread and has been used successfully for treating a variety of mental illnesses. Little is known, however, about the sustainability of telepsychiatry programs and their long-term success. The goal of this study was to determine current trends in telepsychiatry by completing an extensive literature review and to follow-up with the authors of telepsychiatry research to examine the current status of their programs and success factors or barriers associated with their experiences. Results indicated that modern telepsychiatry programs often target veteran/military or child populations and that many rely on either federal or internal funding. Interestingly, several researchers indicated that they wished to improve current funding mechanisms, while others wished for improvements in the technology used. Implications of these findings for behavioral health researchers are discussed, along with suggestions for improving future telepsychiatry programs.
KeywordsMental Health Mental Health Care Internal Funding Psychiatric Care Mental Health Provider
This study was made possible by Grant No. R21MH080699 and funded by the National Institutes of Health. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
Conflict of Interest
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
- 13.A telepsychiatry solution for rural eastern Texas. Burke Center Mental Health Emergency Center, Lufkin, Texas. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.). 2011;62(11):1384-1386.Google Scholar
- 14.Telepsychiatry program eases patient crowding in the ED, expedites mental health services to patients and providers. ED Management. 2013;25(11):121-124.Google Scholar
- 16.Alexander J, Lattanzio A. Utility of telepsychiatry for Aboriginal Australians. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2009;43(12):1185.Google Scholar
- 23.Conn DK, Madan R, Lam J, et al. Program evaluation of a telepsychiatry service for older adults connecting a university-affiliated geriatric center to a rural psychogeriatric outreach service in Northwest Ontario, Canada. International psychogeriatrics / IPA. 2013;25(11):1795-1800.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
- 54.Myers K, Stoep AV, Lobdell C. Feasibility of conducting a randomized controlled trial of telemental health with children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in underserved communities. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2013;23(6):372-378.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
- 83.Goldberg SE, Whittamore KH, Harwood RH, et al. The prevalence of mental health problems among older adults admitted as an emergency to a general hospital. Age and Ageing. 2011.Google Scholar
- 87.Donker T, Petrie K, Proudfoot J, et al. Smartphones for smarter delivery of mental health programs: a systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2013;15(11)Google Scholar