Tele-psychiatry a Resounding Success in 5-Year Trial
JAMA Psychiatry published the results of a five-year trial of telepsychiatry. The study found that telepsychiatry in rural, federally qualified health centers was a resounding success for patients who had screened positive for bipolar disorder and/or PTSD. The trial was called The Study to Promote Innovation in Rural Integrated Telepsychiatry (SPIRIT). It was designed to identify the best approach to delivering tele-mental health services to rural primary-care clinics. The leader researcher is Dr. John Fortney of the University of Washington School of Medicine.