4. Telehealth Disclosure and Informed Consent 2.0 CME
I hereby consent to participate in telehealth as part of my healthcare.
Telehealth is the use of electronic means or technology to provide mental health services by any mental health discipline. It is not a separate medical or mental health service. It is simply a different means through which a practitioner can deliver services that have historically been delivered in person in the mental health field. Telehealth is discipline neutral, meaning that all mental health disciplines can use the technology modality to provide services.
The research into telehealth has consistently shown it to be an effective delivery system for mental health services. Some studies have even found that telehealth services may actually be preferable to in-person care in certain populations and situations. Children and adolescents and veterans, seem to especially benefit from the use of telehealth. Telehealth is NOT the be-all and end-all in the delivery of therapy. Nor is it for every patient or every practitioner. Clearly, there are limitations. The limitations may be driven by a particular practitioner’s level of skill or confidence in treating certain cases online.
The dearth of guidance from leading professional organizations has increased confusion and left practitioners and the patients they care for vulnerable. The very basics of practitioner to patient interactions need to be examined beginning with proper disclosure and informed consent. Studies have shown that less than half of the practitioners follow informed consent rules. The goal of this course is to provide knowledge of proper disclosure and informed consent strategies so that practitioners may concentrate on what they do best, treating their patient’s illness.
This CME course is brought to you using a “virtual classroom” that can be accessed 24/7/365 on any device connected to the internet using any network. Once enrolled it will never leave your account and will be updated as needed.
* CME credits for this course provided by The Medical Society of Maryland – AACME Certified CME Partner
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