Changes in telepsychiatry regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic: 17 countries and regions' approaches to an evolving healthcare landscape.
Shotaro Kinoshita, Kelley Cortright, Allison Crawford, Yuya Mizuno, Kazunari Yoshida, Donald Hilty, Daniel Guinart, John Torous, Christoph U Correll, David J Castle, Deyvis Rocha, Yuan Yang, Yu-Tao Xiang, Pernille Kølbæk, David Dines, Mohammad ElShami, Prakhar Jain, Roy Kallivayalil, Marco Solmi, Angela Favaro Show all
Psychological Medicine | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of telemedicine as a way to reduce COVID-19 infections was noted and consequently deregulated. However, the degree of telemedicine regulation varies from country to country, which may alter the widespread use of telemedicine. This study aimed to clarify the telepsychiatry regulations for each collaborating country/region before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS: We used snowball sampling within a global network of international telepsychiatry experts. Thirty collaborators from 17 different countries/regions responded to a questionnaire on barriers to the use and implementation of telepsychiatric care, including policy factors such as ..View full abstract