Application of telepsychiatry: A preliminary study

Citation
S. Matsuura et al., Application of telepsychiatry: A preliminary study, PSY CLIN N, 54(1), 2000, pp. 55-58
Citations number
13
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Clinical Psycology & Psychiatry
Journal title
PSYCHIATRY AND CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES
ISSN journal
1323-1316 → ACNP
Volume
54
Issue
1
Year of publication
2000
Pages
55 - 58
Database
ISI
SICI code
1323-1316(200002)54:1<55:AOTAPS>2.0.ZU;2-H
Abstract
Telemedicine is the provision of professional medical services from sites r emoved from the patient. This study was conducted in order to assess the re liability of psychiatric evaluations via video-consultation. The inter-rate r reliability was determined for each interviewing condition by employing t he reliability-testing paradigm in which the brief psychiatric rating scale (BPRS) and the interclass correlation coefficient (ICC) are used. The inte r-rater reliability scores between face-to-face interviews and interviews c onducted by video at two different levels of image qualities were compared by the authors. Reliability was found to be in perfect agreement in each of the interviewing conditions. This study verifies that telepsychiatry is a reliable method of assessing patient conditions. It may be used to provide much needed mental health-care services to patients whose access to them is restricted.