VIDEO: Evidence for Telemedicine in Psychiatry

By Peter M. Yellowlees, MBBS, MD

May 6, 2016

Original Article Published on Medscape.com

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This is the Medscape Psychiatry Minute. I’m Dr Peter Yellowlees. The first videoconference telepsychiatry consultation took place in 1956 at the University of Nebraska, and since then, thousands of papers have been written about the clinical use of information technologies (eg, videoconferencing, telephony, email, and messaging) in mental health.

A team of investigators from the University of Michigan, including myself, has published a major review assessing the state of scientific knowledge of tele-mental health (TMH) in terms of feasibility and acceptance, effects on medication compliance, health outcomes, and cost.[1]From 1362 papers published between 2005 and 2015, 59 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were identified that included at least 150 patients each. These comprised 22 studies on feasibility and acceptance, seven on medication compliance, 25 on health outcomes, and five on cost.

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