Clinical Implications of Using Teletherapy as a Treatment Modality for Suicidal Patients
Authors: Rita Rivera, Denise Carballea, & Alfredo Ardila
Original Publication Site & Date: Media Psychology Symposium, July 2020. [online event]
Abstract: The purpose of this systematic review was to examine the effectiveness of teletherapy as a treatment modality for suicidal individuals. This review was conducted using the following databases: Science Direct, Google Scholar, and ProQuest Central. Inclusion criteria consisted of peer-reviewed articles published in English between the years of 2014-2020. Keywords for the search included telemedicine, teletherapy, suicide. A total number of 33 articles were reviewed and 10 articles were retained. Research indicated that mental health clinicians tend to avoid the use of teletherapy with suicidal patients due to unfamiliarity with safety procedures, technology issues, and concerns about liability.
Examine the effectiveness of teletherapy as a treatment modality for suicidal individuals.
However, barriers to face-to-face psychotherapy such as time constraints and travel costs limitations, are reduced through the use of telemedicine. Studies also showed that suicide-focused interventions via teletherapy may reduce dropout rates and provide effective treatment during crises. Reviewed literature highlighted the challenges, such as ethical considerations and requirements that clinicians may face with teletherapy when treating suicidal patients. Furthermore, studies revealed that clinicians are more likely to feel confident treating high-risk patients when a proper protocol and safety plan has been established. Thus, creating a comprehensive risk management plan can reduce risks as well as enhance the clinical benefits of teletherapy.
Rita Rivera, Denise Carballea, & Alfredo Ardila
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