Using Telepsychiatry to deliver mental health care during the COVID-19 pandemic
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak threatens to have long-term consequences on the mental health of vulnerable persons. Besides direct effects of viral infection, mental issues may emerge in response to the huge social impact of the pandemic, in terms of social isolation, trauma and grief, uncertainty and misinformation. Notwithstandig this, the ability to provide usual mental health care has been disrupted by the pandemic, following lockdown measures and block on many outpatient services. Telepsychiatry (i.e., providing mental health care remotely, using telecommunications such as telephone or video conferencing tools) may help to support patients during these difficult times. This survey explores the experience of mental health professionals with telepsychiatry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The researcher requests your consent for participation in the research study "Using Telepsychiatry to deliver mental health care during the COVID-19 pandemic". You will be asked to complete the following survey (estimated time: 10 min).
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Participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you decide not to participate there will not be any negative consequences. Please be aware that if you decide to participate, you may stop participating at any time and you may decide not to answer any specific question.
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If you woulk like to express concerns, ask for clarifications, lodge complaints or exercise any of your rights, feel free to contact Dr Grazia Rutigliano, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, University of Pisa, at grazia.rutigliano@unipi.it.

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