The project used routinely collected real-world data to understand the use and benefits of telephone and video consultations. The increase in remote consultations during the pandemic presented a unique opportunity to assess the efficacy of telepsychiatry which has previously not enjoyed a significant uptake in the UK.
Data drawn from two NHS mental health trusts (Oxford Health and Southern Health) was used alongside qualitative data collected from focus groups and surveys to evaluate telephone and video consultations compared to traditional face-to-face care. The study is the first to assess the clinical impact of telepsychiatry on mental health services and patients.
Professor Andrea Cipriani who led the project said:
‘This project came about wholly as a result of the accelerated changes to telepsychiatry during the pandemic and we are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award. The whole team is very proud to have made it this far amongst so many strong submissions.’
The BMJ awards recognise and celebrate innovation in healthcare, showcasing knowledge and experience that will inspire others. The winners will be announced at a virtual award ceremony on Wednesday 29 September. You can find out more about the awards and see the full shortlist here.
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Published: 3 September 2021