Psychologist and Physician Interest in Telehealth Training and Referral for Mental Health Services: An Exploratory Study

Jonathan G. Perle, Jennifer Burt, William J. Higgins

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Abstract

The current study explored psychological and medical professionals' interest in videoconferencing telehealth training and mental health telehealth referral. An online survey assessed 782 participants comprised of 669 psychological (45% male, Mean Age = 47.01, SD = 16.82) and 113 medical professionals (58% male, Mean Age = 46.19, SD = 12.40). Z-test analyses indicated that although psychological professionals were statistically more interested in receiving telehealth training, both groups reported some interest. Ranked responses indicated efficacy data, ethical issues, and legal concerns as the most endorsed areas of training interest. Referral concerns were also found. Findings were discussed related to both statistical and clinical significance. Application of findings is discussed related to future work, practice, and program creation. The development of telehealth training programs will provide interested professionals with tools required for practice and may serve as an impetus to increase utilization and/or referral.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-185
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Technology in Human Services
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • clinical psychology
  • mental health
  • referral
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine
  • telepsychology
  • videoconference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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