It’s about more than just tele-psychiatry

For the past month, David has been recovering from a heart attack. It’s been a tough road for him, settling into exercise regimes, and completely changing his diet. He’s realizing he’s not young anymore, and just escaped death. After revealing these thoughts to his physician, Dr. Michaels, he’s prescribed medication to manage his depression.

But Dr. Michaels isn’t a psychiatrist. Responding to David’s complaint cost his staff time, for which they may not be properly trained nor adequately reimbursed. Further yet, does Dr. Michaels have sufficient experience with mental health care to make correct clinical decisions about mental health? How can we ensure David receives the same quality care as in a mental health practice? How can we ensure Dr. Michaels’ practice is operating effectively when handling mental health patients?

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