The use of telepsychiatry within forensic practice: a literature review on the use of videolink: a ten-year follow-up

Sales, Christian P. and McSweeney, Leo and Saleem, Younus and Khalifa, Najat (2017) The use of telepsychiatry within forensic practice: a literature review on the use of videolink: a ten-year follow-up. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology . ISSN 1478-9957

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Abstract

In the last decade, telepsychiatry – the use of telecommunications technologies to deliver psychiatric services from a distance – has been increasingly utilised in many areas of mental health care. Since the review by Khalifa and colleagues in 2007 the body of literature relevant to the forensic applications of telepsychiatry has grown substantially, albeit not by much in the United Kingdom. In the current review, we aim to provide an update summary of the literature published since 2007 to determine the effectiveness and feasibility of increasing telepsychiatry utilisation in forensic practice. The literature reviewed provides some encouraging evidence that telepsychiatry is a reliable, effective and highly acceptable method for delivering mental health care in forensic settings. There are also a number of papers that indicate the use of telepsychiatry may be cost effective for health providers in the longer term. Further research is required to consider the potential legal and ethical implications of using telepsychiatry in forensic settings.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology
Identification Number: 10.1080/14789949.2017.1396487
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2017 13:25
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2017 18:34
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/47821

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