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Telepsychiatry

Psych Congress Steering Committee member Edward Kaftarian, MD, answers questions asked by attendees of a Psych Congress 2020 session he presented on telepsychiatry.
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.
What percentage of 903 mental health practitioners surveyed said they would like to continue to provide telehealth services in the future?
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.
Edward Kaftarian, MD, a presenter at the 2019 Elevate by Psych Congress conference, discusses telepsychiatry with Elevate Steering Committee member Samantha Lau, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C.
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