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Medical News and Perspectives
October 8, 2003

Telemedicine Eyed for Mental Health Services

JAMA. 2003;290(14):1842-1843. doi:10.1001/jama.290.14.1842

Chicago—Some psychiatrists believe that telemedicine—care provided through telecommunication—will help improve mental health treatment for older patients in rural areas and nursing homes, but nonmedical barriers have limited its use. That may be changing as technology improves and regulations ease.

"This is part of the future in psychogeriatric services," said Beverly N. Jones III, MD, medical director of inpatient services at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, at the International Psychogeriatric Association meeting held in August in Chicago. "With many underserved populations, all aspects of telecommunication promise great results."

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