The study was published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Telehealth technology is a way doctors in the health centers can deliver health care to the patients in remote locations in real time as though they were in the same room.
This is a way of increasing the reach of the patients living in rural or underserved areas to healthcare without personally travelling to the health centers.
This is important with the shortage of the health care services and particularly mental health care services.
Myers, MD, MPH, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, and director of Telemental Health Services at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said “Telehealth services bring new resources to treat major psychiatric disorders, such as ADHD in children. It improves collaboration with primary care physicians, and, importantly, it is a way to redistribute the specialty mental health work force.”
She further added, “There are not enough people now to treat children with mental health disorders, and it is projected that there will not be enough in the future, so we need new models of care,”