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Telepsychiatry intervention is better for ADHD symptoms than usual treatment augmented by telemedicine consultation
  1. Carol Rockhill
  1. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA; carol.rockhill@seattlechildrens.org

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ABSTRACT FROM: Myers K, Vander Stoep A, Zhou C, et al. Effectiveness of a telehealth service delivery model for treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a community-based randomized controlled trial. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2015;54:263–74.

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Disparity in availability of mental healthcare based on geography is so prevalent that federal mandates, such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (http://www.recovery.gov/arra/About/Pages/The_Act.asp) have been developed to encourage the use of technology to rectify reduced mental healthcare access in rural areas. Even with such encouragement, however, the use of ‘virtual visits’ through video teleconferencing (VTC) remains relatively underutilised by providers and third-party payers.1 This study evaluated the impact of improving access to expert care for youth with ADHD in rural areas by utilising a ‘hub and spoke’ model to deliver mental healthcare …

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