A program incorporated during the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates that telehealth can be used to stay connected to older adults with cognitive impairment during public health emergencies, researchers reported.
In the wake of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the vast majority of US mental health providers surveyed adjusted their practices rapidly, with 80% transitioning to telehealth services by late March or early April 2020.
Patients with psychiatric symptoms who received care in the emergency department were discharged home, rather than transferred to a psychiatric facility, more often when a telepsychiatry program was available, a study found.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued new guidance that allows Medicare patients to receive mental health services through basic live videoconferencing regardless of geographic location.
Patients with binge eating disorder reported significant reductions in symptoms and impairment after receiving cognitive behavioral therapy-guided self-help treatment delivered over the phone by a health coach and assisted by a smartphone app.
Patients with residual depressive symptoms who received online mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) plus usual care demonstrated significant gains in depression and functional outcomes, compared with patients who received usual care only.
Telepsychiatry can be a tool to bring much-needed mental health services to underserved populations, and its limitations can most often be overcome, Edward Kaftarian, MD, told attendees at Elevate by Psych Congress.
Edward Kaftarian, MD, is a self-described telehealth evangelist. Providing psychiatric care remotely has allowed him to reach out to patients in underserved areas and witness intimate therapeutic breakthroughs despite great geographical distance.