Pediatric Telepsychiatry as Innovation in Healthcare Delivery

Pediatric Telepsychiatry as Innovation in Healthcare Delivery

Katherine M. Boydell (University of Toronto, Canada), Tiziana Volpe (The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada) and Antonio Pignatiello (University of Toronto, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-988-5.ch130
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Although a great deal has been written about the potential for telemedicine to increase access to care, applications in paediatrics are sparse. This chapter details how one paediatric telepsychiatry program has facilitated the creation of integrated healthcare solutions in patient psychiatric care for children and youth in remote and rural communities. It demonstrates how the telepsychiatry model of healthcare service delivery has improved access, enhanced capacity, and promoted knowledge exchange in rural communities. A case study is used to highlight theoretical and empirical research on the value of televideo information technology in mental healthcare and its impact on the healthcare stakeholders who utilize this technology. An overview of the clinical, education, and evaluation components of the program is outlined, with a focus on knowledge translation and exchange as the underpinning foundation to the success of the program.

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