Remote Telepsychiatry Workforce: a Solution to Psychiatry's Workforce Issues

Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2020 Jan 27;22(2):8. doi: 10.1007/s11920-020-1128-7.


Purpose of review: The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how a remote workforce may increase access to care while reducing physician burnout. We review workforce issues and organizational and individual obstacles for implementing a telepsychiatry workforce including administrative, logistical, and clinical considerations and offer resources for how to overcome barriers that may arise in implementing a remote workforce.

Recent findings: There is an increasingly unmet demand for mental health services and a shortage in psychiatrists. Burnout may be a key factor contributing to psychiatrists working less, pursuing less acute cases, and leading to worsened outcomes for patients and the psychiatrists themselves. Telepsychiatry provides comparable patient and provider satisfaction and equal outcomes when compared with face-to-face encounters. We provided 3 case examples to demonstrate psychiatrists demonstrating successful delivery of care in a range of clinic settings and workplace configurations while optimizing their quality of life and reducing their risk of burnout.

Keywords: Burnout; Remote workforce; Telemedicine; Telemental health; Telepsychiatry; Workforce issues.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Psychiatry*
  • Quality of Life
  • Telemedicine*
  • Videoconferencing
  • Workforce*