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Videoconference mind-body group therapy in a public mental health setting: a pilot study

  • Chanel Heermann
  • Werner Absenger
  • Jerome Sarris
Brief Report

Introduction

Increasing access to mental health care for underserved communities is a critical public health need. One potential avenue for improving access to mental health care is telemedicine using videoconferencing. Videoconference has been shown in many studies to be effective and acceptable in mental health populations, with outcomes that are consistently comparable to in-person treatment, resulting in high satisfaction for both patients and providers (Germain, Marchand, Bouchard, Drouin & Guay, 2009; Fortney et al., 2007; Sheeran et al., 2011). Several promising studies indicate that videoconference is a viable and effective means of delivering group psychotherapy. Research exploring its efficacy for alcohol-use disorders (Frueh, Henderson & Myrick, 2005), PTSD (Morland et al., 2010; Morland et al., 2014) and depression (Khatri, Marziali, Tchernikov & Shepherd, 2014) have seen positive results. Analysis of individual and group psychotherapy processes concluded that, while...

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Notes

Acknowledgements

Dr. Jerome Sarris is supported by a CR Roper Fellowship.

The authors would like to thank the leadership and staff of Health Solutions (formerly the Spanish Peaks Behavioral Health Centers) for their support and assistance. Special thanks go to James Hill RN and Chantelle Santistevan RN for their skillful co-facilitation of the groups and for their work in data collection.

The authors would also like to thank Travis Heermann, M.A., of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, College of Arts and Sciences, for his assistance in editing this manuscript.

Compliance with ethical standards

Ethics approval was granted by Saybrook University's Institutional Review Board.

Disclosures

JS has received either presentation honoraria, travel support, clinical trial grants or book royalties from Integria Healthcare & MediHerb, Pfizer, Taki Mai, Bioceuticals & Blackmores, Soho-Flordis, Healthworld, HealthEd, Elsevier, Chaminade University, International Society for Affective Disorders, Complementary Medicines Australia, ANS, Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research, Omega-3 Centre the National Health and Medical Research Council, CR Roper Fellowship.

Conflicts of interest

No specific conflicts identified.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Integrative Medicine and Health SciencesSaybrook UniversityOaklandUSA
  2. 2.Absenger Cancer Education FoundationSpring LakeUSA
  3. 3.Deputy Director of the National Institute of Complementary MedicineCampbelltown NSWAustralia
  4. 4.Professor of Integrative Mental Health at Western Sydney UniversityPenrith NSWAustralia

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