What is Telemental Health?

What is Telemental Health?

What is Telemental Health?

Telemedicine, also known as telehealth, uses electronic communications and information technology to provide and support healthcare when distance separates patients from the clinician (1). Telemedicine uses various communication methods to connect clinicians and patients in lieu of their meeting in person.

The term “telemental health services” typically refers to behavioral health services that are provided using communication technology. These services include clinical assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, psycho-educational interventions, cognitive testing, and general psychiatry. The term telemental health describes the overall situation in which a clinician uses various technologies to deliver mental health care to a patient who is miles away.

The major benefit of telemental health is that it eliminates travel that may be disruptive or costly. In addition, telemental health is a useful tool in situations, such as in correctional and forensic settings, where it is difficult to transport the patient to a clinician.

(above information gathered from the Department of Veterans Affairs: National Center for PTSD. https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/treat/txessentials/telemental_health.asp, March 26, 2020)

Has Telemental Health shown effectiveness with various mental health conditions?

Depression

Depression, anxiety and stress

Panic disorder

Schizophrenia

Diabetes management

Health promotion for weight loss

Smoking cessation

Antiretroviral medication adherence