Telepsychiatry A Growing Trend
Telepsychiatry is a growing trend in mental health, says Dr. Kathleen Myers. As director of the telemental health service at Children’s Hospital, she points to one of the benefits of a videoconference: unlike a phone call, it allows doctors to observe a patient’s facial expressions and body language. “You can talk back and forth in real time — it’s off by a millisecond — so you get immediate reactions,” says Myers, who, with a $3 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is conducting the first large federally funded randomized clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of telemental health in treating mental-health problems in childhood.
If the initial efforts at telepsychiatry prove successful, not only will it give mental health professionals a wider geographical reach, it may also eliminate the stigma associated with having to see a shrink.
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