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Telemental health

What is telemental health? 

There is a growing need to deliver low-cost treatments tailored to individual needs and delivered in a continuous way (e.g. all year long) from any location. Telemental health (or “ehealth”) has the potential to meet this need.

Telemental health refers to any mental health treatment that is provided electronically, either by telephone or internet such as online health programs, or video conferencing. This type of intervention involves structured counselling and generally aims to increase medication adherence and prevent relapse. Importantly, it also removes geographic barriers to care.

What is the evidence for telemental interventions?

Moderate to high quality evidence suggests small effects of increased quality of life and decreased symptoms with social media interventions, however perceived social support and self-management were reduced.

Moderate to low quality evidence suggests a large effect of increased medication adherence with telemental medication management compared to standard care, pill counting, or early warning signs of relapse checklist. There is a small effect of greater satisfaction with telemental communication compared to standard care, non-web-based communications, or simple provision of information. There are no differences between telemental psychoeducation and conventional psychoeducation for improving knowledge about schizophrenia.

Also see the electronic device use topic.

June 2017

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