Digital Psychiatry and COVID19: The Big Bang effect for the NHS?

Subodh Dave, Seri Abraham, Roshelle Ramkisson, Shevonne Matheiken, Anilkumar S Pillai, Hashim Reza, JS Bamrah, Derek K Tracy
2020 BJPsych Bulletin  
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought untold tragedies. However, one outcome has been the dramatically rapid replacement of face-to-face consultations and other meetings, including clinical multidisciplinary team meetings, with telephone calls or videoconferencing. By and large this form of remote consultation has received a warm welcome from both patients and clinicians. To date, human, technological and institutional barriers may have held back the integration of such approaches in routine
more » ... l practice, particularly in the UK. As we move into the post-pandemic phase, it is vital that academic, educational and clinical leadership builds on this positive legacy of the COVID crisis. Telepsychiatry may be but one component of 'digital psychiatry' but its seismic evolution in the pandemic offers a possible opportunity to embrace and develop 'digital psychiatry' as a whole.
doi:10.1192/bjb.2020.114 pmid:33081867 pmcid:PMC7844168 fatcat:lkzjzoe6rfa2nlwd3ymw3gtdyq