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JAMA Network Insights
March 11, 2020

Managing Virtual Hybrid Psychiatrist-Patient Relationships in a Digital World

Author Affiliations
  • 1Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, Department of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine, Aurora
  • 2Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
JAMA Psychiatry. 2020;77(5):541-542. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.0139

The rapid technological transformation of society over the past 3 decades has had significant influence on the practice of psychiatry.1 In their personal and professional spheres, psychiatrists now must master relationships across multiple technology platforms and settings. To successfully manage these hybrid physician-patient relationships, psychiatrists need to have an appreciation for the strengths, limitations, and adaptations needed for each technology they use to interface with patients.2

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