Sat. Feb 24th, 2024
Majority of mental health appointments held through video conferencing

According to a recent study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, more than half of mental health appointments (55 percent) are now conducted remotely, primarily through video conferencing rather than in-person visits. This form of care is called telemedicine or telehealth and allows patients to receive care through technology like cellphones, video chat, computers, and tablets.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the volume of telemedicine visits increased significantly, becoming much more common than in-person visits. For primary care and mental health care, in-person appointments dropped from 81 percent to 23 percent in the first few months of the pandemic. By spring 2023, phone-based care had returned to its pre-pandemic level but video-based care had remained close to its peak during the pandemic, representing a 2300% increase from its pre-pandemic level.

The researchers noted that while phone-based care had returned to its pre-pandemic level by spring 2023, video-based care remained high. The majority of mental health care continues to be provided via telemedicine due to its ease of adapting to virtual platforms as compared to primary care and medical specialists’ care which often require in-person evaluations such as physical examinations.

By Editor

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