Do you have evidence on videoconferencing effectiveness?

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Do you have evidence on videoconferencing effectiveness?

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Here are two studies: 

  • A study of nearly 100,000 mental health patients at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs demonstrated an approximately 25% reduction in hospitalization after initiation of video services. 
    (Linda Godleski, M.D.; Adam Darkins, M.D., M.P.H.; John Peters, M.S. Psychiatric Services 2012; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201100206)

 Outcomes of 98,609 U.S. Department  of Veterans Affairs Patients Enrolled in  Telemental Health Services, 2006–2010

  • Practice-based collaborative care is a complex evidence-based practice that is difficult to implement in smaller primary care practices that lack on-site mental health staff. Telemedicine-based collaborative care virtually co-locates and integrates mental health providers into primary care settings. The objective of this randomized, multisite trial was to compare the outcomes of patients assigned to practice-based and telemedicine-based collaborative care. 
    (John C. Fortney, Ph.D.; Jeffrey M. Pyne, M.D.; Sip B. Mouden, M.S., C.R.C.; Dinesh Mittal, M.D.; Teresa J. Hudson, Pharm.D.; Gary W. Schroeder, Ph.D.; David K. Williams, Ph.D.; Carol A. Bynum, Ph.D.; Rhonda Mattox, M.D.; Kathryn M. Rost, Ph.D. Am J Psychiatry 2013;:. 10.1176/appi.ajp.2012.12050696)