Experience with a rural telepsychiatry clinic for children and adolescents

Psychiatr Serv. 1999 Feb;50(2):260-1. doi: 10.1176/ps.50.2.260.


Access to child and adolescent psychiatric services in many rural areas is limited by lack of physicians and long travel times. A child and adolescent telepsychiatry clinic that is part of the University of Kansas Medical Center's telemedicine program addresses this problem by linking the medical center with a county mental health center in rural Pittsburg, Kansas. The clinic receives ten to 18 visits a week and has been able to serve severely disturbed children and children in crisis. The quality of clinical interactions in the telepsychiatry clinic appears comparable to that in face-to-face meetings.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services*
  • Child
  • Child Health Services*
  • Child Psychiatry / methods
  • Humans
  • Kansas
  • Mental Health Services*
  • Rural Health Services*
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted
  • Video Recording