[Information and communications technologies in mental health (Telepsychiatry)]

Garcia Lizana F, Munoz Mayorga I, Yanes Lopez V, Serrano Aguilar P
Record ID 32011000306
English, Spanish
Authors' objectives:

To analyse the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for mental health. To evaluate its effectiveness, efficiency and patient and professional satisfaction.

Authors' recommendations: Rigorous studies are needed to perform complete economic evaluations, to further describe the interventions, to carry out cost calculations, and to establish a sufficient follow-up period to verify treatment results over time. Nevertheless, there is a strong hypothesis to consider that interventions through ICT produce the same results as traditional therapy. Potential benefits of TPS in this area are clear: the possibility of permanently providing educational and orientation programmes for patients and an obvious improvement in accessibility to health care services.There is insufficient scientific evidence regarding the efficiency of TPS. Organizational and sanitary aspects where it is applied are a key factor in order to determine its efficiency.More research is needed about long-term clinical outcomes, organizational impact and cost-effectiveness of programmes.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2009
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Spain
MeSH Terms
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services
  • Telemedicine
Organisation Name: Agencia de Evaluacion de Tecnologias Sanitarias
Contact Address: Instituto de Salud "Carlos III", Calle Sinesio Delgado 6, Pabellon 4, 28029 Madrid, Spain. Tel: +34 9 1 822 2005; Fax: +34 9 1 387 7841;
Contact Name: Luis M. Sánchez Gómez
Contact Email: luism.sanchez@isciii.es
Copyright: Agencia de Evaluacion de Tecnologias Sanitarias (AETS)
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