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Baltimore, Maryland 21201


Purpose:

Telepsychiatry is a novel means of providing expert psychiatric treatment to patients who live far from a source of care. If it can be demonstrated that treatment via telepsychiatry is as effective as in-person treatment, then many individuals with psychiatric illness will have easy access to psychiatric care, even if they live in geographically remote areas.


Study summary:

Background: Telepsychiatry is a novel means of providing expert psychiatric treatment to patients who live far from a source of care. If it can be demonstrated that treatment via telepsychiatry is as effective as in-person treatment, then many individuals with psychiatric illness will have easy access to psychiatric care, even if they live in geographically remote areas. Objectives: The major goal of this study was to determine whether treatment of depressive disorders via telepsychiatry is as effective as in-person treatment. In addition, this study was designed to determine if depressed patients are as compliant and as satisfied with telepsychiatry as with in-person treatment. Another goal was to compare the cost and cost-effectiveness of remote treatment via telepsychiatry to in-person treatment. Methods: In this randomized controlled trial, veterans who presented with depression to any of three VA Maryland Health Care facilities with a SCID-IV depression diagnosis and a Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (Ham-D) score of 16 or above were eligible for participation. Eligible veterans were randomized to either "in-person" treatment or "remote" treatment. Treatment occurred over six months and consisted of psychotropic medication and psycho-education concerning the disease, medications, and side effects. The major outcome variables included changes in Ham-D depression ratings and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) self-reported depression ratings. Status: Completed.


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: Depression, Hamilton 16 or above, SCID-IV depression diagnosis Exclusion Criteria:


NCT ID:

NCT00012610


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Paul E. Ruskin, MD
Baltimore VA Medical Center VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore, MD


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Baltimore, Maryland 21201
United States



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Site Status: N/A


Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: September 19, 2017

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