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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 391-394

“Telepsychiatry” in the time of COVID-19: Overcoming the challenges

1 Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
2 National Institute of Mental Health, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka
3 Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sayuri R Perera
Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Kandy
Sri Lanka
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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_848_20

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Telepsychiatry, the application of telemedicine in the field of psychiatry is defined as the use of electronic communication and information technologies to provide or support clinical psychiatric care at a distance. COVID 19 and its implications related to physical distancing for patients and service providers has made tele- psychiatry and e-consultations an attractive option. Psychiatry, more than any other field in medicine stands to benefit through tele-psychiatry as a physical examination may not be always necessary to arrive at a diagnosis. Some have gone on to suggest that tele psychiatry is likely to replace in person psychiatric assessments pertaining to certain clinical situations. The article reviews the existing evidence for tele-psychiatry and addresses the challenges and pitfalls in the South Asian context.



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