Although telemental healthcare has been available for many years, is generally accepted as effective, and has steadily growing numbers of consumers and providers, more and better research in this area needs to be done in order to convince insurers, policymakers, and funding agencies that mental healthcare delivered from a distance is at least as good as that delivered face-to-face. Because there is a wide spectrum of potential mental health disorders that might be encountered, there are significant gaps in telemental health research that need to be addressed before payment for services or funding for large-scale studies of this application can be expected. This white paper will review the current state of telemental health research and will offer suggestions for future directions necessary for telemental research to take in order to firmly establish its effectiveness.

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cover image Telemedicine and e-Health
Volume 14Issue Number 9November 2008
Pages: 972 - 976
PubMed: 19035810


Published online: 26 November 2008
Published in print: November 2008


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Terry Rabinowitz, M.D.
Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care, Northeast Telehealth Resource Center, Burlington, Vermont.
David M. Brennan, M.B.E.
Center for Applied Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, DC.
Neale R. Chumbler, Ph.D.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice, Roudebush VAMC, Indianapolis, Indiana. Department of Sociology, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Rita Kobb, M.N., A.R.N.P.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Care Coordination Services, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, Lake City, Florida.
Peter Yellowlees, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry, University of California–Davis, Sacramento, California.

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