Comparing Telepsychiatry and in-Person Outcomes

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 15, 2006
Last Update Posted : February 15, 2006
Ontario Mental Health Foundation
NORTH Network
Information provided by:
Lawson Health Research Institute

Brief Summary:
Psychiatric consultation and short-term follow-up will produce equivalent clinical outcomes and be less costly when provided via videoconferencing (telepsychiatry) than when provided in-person.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Psychiatric Disorders. Device: Videoconference equipment (telepsychiatry) Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
We predict that patients referred by their family physician for a psychiatric consultation and, if needed, short-term follow-up will have equivalent clinical outcomes when seen via telepsychiatry as compared to those patients seen in-person. We also predicted that telepsychiatry will be cheaper than in-person care.Study Design: a single-centre equivalence trial.We will use a sample size calculation and analytical methods that are specifically tailored for equivalence trials.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 495 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Comparing Patient Outcomes and Cost of Psychiatric Care Provided Through Videoconferencing With Psychiatric Care Provided in-Person.
Study Start Date : August 2001
Study Completion Date : August 2004

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Brief Symptom Inventory
  2. Cost of providing the psychiatric services

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Quality of Life Inventory
  2. Client Satisfaction Questionnaire
  3. Hospital Utilization

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients referred by their family physicians for psychiatric consultation
  • scores in the dysfunctional range on the Brief Symptom Inventory

Exclusion Criteria:

  • patients incapable of consenting to the research
  • patients referred for medico-legal or insurance reports

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00292058

Canada, Ontario
Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
Lawson Health Research Institute
Ontario Mental Health Foundation
NORTH Network
Principal Investigator: Richard L O'Reilly, M.B. Lawson Health Research Institute Identifier: NCT00292058     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07911E
First Posted: February 15, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 15, 2006
Last Verified: February 2006

Keywords provided by Lawson Health Research Institute:
Psychiatric consultation
Equivalence trial

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mental Disorders
Problem Behavior
Behavioral Symptoms