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The use of telepsychiatry within forensic practice: a literature review on the use of videolink: a ten-year follow-up

Sales, Christian P.; McSweeney, Leo; Saleem, Younus; Khalifa, Najat

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Authors

Christian P. Sales

Leo McSweeney

Younus Saleem

Najat Khalifa



Abstract

In the last decade, telepsychiatry – the use of telecommunications technologies to deliver psychiatric services from a distance – has been increasingly utilised in many areas of mental health care. Since the review by Khalifa and colleagues in 2007 the body of literature relevant to the forensic applications of telepsychiatry has grown substantially, albeit not by much in the United Kingdom. In the current review, we aim to provide an update summary of the literature published since 2007 to determine the effectiveness and feasibility of increasing telepsychiatry utilisation in forensic practice. The literature reviewed provides some encouraging evidence that telepsychiatry is a reliable, effective and highly acceptable method for delivering mental health care in forensic settings. There are also a number of papers that indicate the use of telepsychiatry may be cost effective for health providers in the longer term. Further research is required to consider the potential legal and ethical implications of using telepsychiatry in forensic settings.

Citation

Sales, C. P., McSweeney, L., Saleem, Y., & Khalifa, N. (in press). The use of telepsychiatry within forensic practice: a literature review on the use of videolink: a ten-year follow-up. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, https://doi.org/10.1080/14789949.2017.1396487

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 17, 2017
Online Publication Date Oct 30, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 3, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 31, 2018
Journal Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
Print ISSN 1478-9949
Electronic ISSN 1478-9957
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14789949.2017.1396487
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/891090
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14789949.2017.1396487

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