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Telehealth; how helpful is it?

Updated: Apr 4, 2023

The emergence of telehealth has transformed the provision of medical care for patients. This innovative technology enables medical professionals to offer remote consultations, minimizing the need for in-person visits. Telehealth has revolutionized mental health care specifically, making it possible for patients to receive treatment from the comfort of their homes. This article will highlight the advantages of telehealth in mental health care, drawing on recent peer-reviewed publications.

How can telehealth help me?

A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research in 2019 entitled “Telehealth interventions for mental health disorders: A systematic review of meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, and narrative reviews” revealed that telehealth is a valuable and effective tool in the treatment of mental health disorders. According to the study's findings, telehealth interventions are associated with a reduction in psychiatric symptoms, an increase in patient satisfaction, and less travel for patients.

Another publication - “Telepsychiatry in the COVID-19 Era: A Rapid Review of the Evidence for Efficacy” - featured in Psychiatric Services in 2020, concentrated on the utilization of telepsychiatry during the pandemic. Its authors discovered that telepsychiatry was a vital tool in managing mental health issues during lockdowns. They further stated that telepsychiatry prevented hospitalization for patients, proving just as effective as in-person care.

The accessibility of telehealth in mental health has been a game-changer as it enables patients to receive care, even in remote or underserved areas. Research confirms this; a 2019 Journal of Rural Mental Health article stated that telehealth is a cost-effective means of delivering mental health care in remote regions as there is minimal infrastructure outlay associated with it. Telehealth also enhances patient convenience and accessibility, promoting engagement and adherence to treatment. A 2018 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that patients preferred telepsychiatry to in-person therapy citing convenience and accessibility as the principal reason. Similarly, a 2020 Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare study revealed that telehealth improved mental health treatment patient satisfaction and acceptance.

Finally, telehealth diminishes the stigma attached to mental illness, as some patients find it challenging to seek treatment due to social stigma. A 2019 article in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association confirms that telepsychiatry helps overcome this hurdle.

In conclusion, telehealth is a crucial development in modern mental health care that offers various benefits, including improved access, convenience, and reduced stigma. Recent peer-reviewed studies support these assertions, highlighting the importance of telehealth in mental healthcare. This is why at Hummingbird Counseling and Trauma Center, clinicians are trained in telehealth services and use HIPAA compliant software to provide trauma informed mental health services to our clients in addition to in office services. As society navigates the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, telehealth's role in ensuring that patients receive the necessary care regardless of their location and circumstances will grow. Contact us today for a free 15 minute consultation.


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