Telepsychiatry: psychiatric consultation through two-way television. A controlled study

Can J Psychiatry. 1986 Feb;31(1):32-4. doi: 10.1177/070674378603100107.


Telepsychiatry (consultation carried out through 2-way interactive television) has been the object of a number of trials in the past twenty years, but to our knowledge there is no previous control study which compares CCTV and face-to-face interviews. Various aspects of the interviews carried out on CCTV were rated on a 5-point scale in questionnaires filled out by: (a) patients; (b) consultees and; (c) consultants. No significant difference was elicited with control interviews in respect to patients' diagnosis, age and sex. CCTV interview ratings by consultee and consultant were rated only slightly below those of the control group. Such findings should encourage a broader application of interactive CCTV, particularly as a complement to live consultations in distant areas.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Quebec
  • Television*