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Incorporation of Telepsychiatry for Patients with Developmental Disorders into Routine Clinical Practice-A Survey of Specialty Clinics Adapting to Telepsychiatry During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Autism Dev Disord 2022 Dec;52(12):5280-5284

Date

05/17/2022

Pubmed ID

35575840

Pubmed Central ID

PMC9109664

DOI

10.1007/s10803-022-05593-0

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-85130178379

Abstract

In 2020, a nationwide shift to telepsychiatry occurred in the wake of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and lockdowns. To assess the rates of telepsychiatry appointment attendance pre- and post-lockdown, we conducted a national, multi-site survey of appointments in 2020 compared to a similar time period in 2019, at outpatient child psychiatry clinics that specialize in the treatment of patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or Developmental Disabilities (DD). ASD/DD clinics rapidly shifted to telepsychiatry, returning to pre-pandemic appointment numbers and completion rates within months. We advocate for the continued funding of this care model, discuss the substantial benefits physicians, patients and families have found in using telepsychiatry, and suggest ways to improve future access for ASD/DD telepsychiatry.

Author List

Verma S, Vandana P, Soda T, Koth KA, Aguayo P, Shaffer RC, Hellings J, Muhle RA

Author

Kathleen A. Koth DO Associate Professor in the Psychiatry department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child
Communicable Disease Control
Developmental Disabilities
Humans
Pandemics
Psychiatry
Telemedicine