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.
Telehealth provides flexibility that addresses barriers to substance use disorder treatment, but more research on its efficacy is needed and providers want more training and technical assistance, according to a session presented at the Rx Drug Abuse…
Mental health clinicians have utilized telehealth to provide treatment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a need for alternative plans when technology fails and open conversations with patients to remain effective.
Utilizing technology for telehealth treatment and being unable to meet with patients in person has led many mental health clinicians to experience burnout, causing some of them to stop applying best practices and self-care techniques.