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Building eHealth and Telepsychiatry Capabilities: Three Educational Reports Across the Learning Continuum

  • Allison Crawford
  • David Gratzer
  • Marijana Jovanovic
  • David Rodie
  • Sanjeev Sockalingam
  • Nadiya Sunderji
  • John Teshima
  • Zoe Thomas
Feature: Educational Case Report

Telepsychiatry and eHealth are evidence-based, cost-effective health care delivery methods that increase access to specialist care, particularly for rural and remote populations [1, 2, 3]. Yet, the penetrance of telepsychiatry is uneven and the health system organization to support it is generally underdeveloped [4].

Inadequate postgraduate training in telehealth and eHealth may contribute to this lag. Such training and exposure has the potential to increase interest and skills in telepsychiatry and normalize it as a modality of clinical care. Recent reviews describe the status of telepsychiatry in postgraduate training and highlight the scarcity of literature on the topic and the lack of evaluation of these training programs [ 5, 6, 7]. Building on these reviews, and a study assessing resident learning needs in telepsychiatry [8], frameworks have been proposed to delineate competencies in telepsychiatry and eHealth at different stages of training [8, 9, 10].

Although these frameworks...

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

This is a description of educational programs and was deemed exempt from research ethics review by the University of Toronto REB.

Disclosure Statement

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

Disclosure of Funding

No funding to disclose

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.St. Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreTorontoCanada

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