A new US report looking at the expected growth of telepsychiatry up until 2026 claims that the discipline is ‘poised to have a very bright future’, thanks to a number of key drivers, including a shortage of psychiatric doctors, particularly those specialising in child and adolescent psychiatry - and a rapidly growing mobile network infrastructure, which enables doctors to clinically assess and treat patients in small villages and semi-urban areas.

Telepsychiatry, the report says, can enable a doctor to see a larger number of patients quicker. It also eliminates the need for either doctor or patient to travel long distances, “significantly saving both parties time and money”. The third factor is cost reduction - all that the patient and the therapist require is an internet connection and a device to speak on.

Barriers to effectiveness

The report also looks at barriers to the growth of telepsychiatry – which include security issues like data hacking, privacy concerns and identity fraud. Internet connectivity is also a constraint, with disconnection during a consultation having a considerable effect both on its effectiveness and the therapist-patient relationship.

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