Characteristics of patients seen by visiting psychiatrists through Medicare in a rural community mental health service with an established telemedicine service

Niranjan Bidargaddi, Geoffrey Schrader, David Smith, Dean Carson, Jörg Strobel

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    Abstract

    Objective: We aimed to determine characteristics of patients receiving Medicare-funded face-to-face consultations by psychiatrists in a rural service with an established telemedicine service.

    Methods: For this study, 55 case-managed patients from four rural community mental health teams in South Australia provided information through questionnaires regarding psychological symptoms, quality of life, body mass index (BMI) and gave access to their Medicare data.

    Results: In a logistic regression, it was found that being younger was more likely associated with a Medicare psychiatric consultation (p<0.05). Participants with at least one recorded visit to a Medicare psychiatrist consultation also tended to have lower levels of psychological distress at the end of the 4-year period, have a higher BMI, and more general practitioner consultations.

    Conclusion: The study provides clinicians and policy makers with preliminary information on the subtle differences in clinical profile of patients seen by Medicare-funded psychiatrists within an established state-managed telepsychiatry service.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)266-269
    Number of pages4
    JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
    Volume25
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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    Rural Health Services
    Community Mental Health Services
    Telemedicine
    Rural Population
    Medicare
    Psychiatry
    Referral and Consultation
    Body Mass Index
    Psychology
    South Australia
    Administrative Personnel
    General Practitioners
    Mental Health
    Logistic Models
    Quality of Life

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    Bidargaddi, Niranjan ; Schrader, Geoffrey ; Smith, David ; Carson, Dean ; Strobel, Jörg. / Characteristics of patients seen by visiting psychiatrists through Medicare in a rural community mental health service with an established telemedicine service. In: Australasian Psychiatry. 2017 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 266-269.
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    Characteristics of patients seen by visiting psychiatrists through Medicare in a rural community mental health service with an established telemedicine service. / Bidargaddi, Niranjan; Schrader, Geoffrey; Smith, David; Carson, Dean; Strobel, Jörg.

    In: Australasian Psychiatry, Vol. 25, No. 3, 01.01.2017, p. 266-269.

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