Telehealth leads to same health outcomes as face-to-face consultations

Researchers working for the US military National Centre for Telehealth and Technology (T2) have concluded that telehealth based on [grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”150″ /]videoconferencing leads to the same health outcomes as treatment by traditional face to face consultations for treatment of depression. In an analysis of care for depression symptoms Janyce Osenbach and colleagues found that there was no statistically significant difference in effectiveness between telehealth based consultations and face-to-face consultations.

The conclusions were drawn from an anlysis of 14 previous studies and has been published in Depression and Anxiety the official journal of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Osenbach says in an article on the Defence Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury website that another study (albeit a very small one with 7 participants) by T2 into the usability and feasability of using FaceTime with active-duty service members produced mostly positive results.

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