Telehealth: Benefits, Barriers, 
and Ethical Issues  
Christina Armstrong, Ph.D. 
Article from 2018 Spring issue of 
The Los Angeles Psychologist 

Long History, Strong Evidence, Provider and Patient Benefits 
The use of telecommunications technologies to provide care at a distance, or telehealth, has a long history with the first telephone “house call” in 1879 (Aronson, 1977), and the first video telepsychiatry link in 1959 from the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute to a state mental hospital 112 miles away (Liebson, 1997). Research has shown that telehealth is appropriate for many populations, including: children and adolescents (Nelson, & Sharp, 2016), adults (Mitchell et al., 2008), older adults (DiNapoli et al., 2017), ethnically diverse populations (Dwight-Johnson et al., 2011), veterans (Wierwille et al., 2016), and active duty service members (Luxton et al., 2016).

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President’s Statement

Kenneth Skale, Psy.D.

 

 

 Dear Fellow LACPA Members,

We are living through a moment in history that may very well reshape the economic landscape and our society’s sense of normalcy for years (perhaps decades) to come. The future is uncertain, but the impact of COVID-19 and the protective measures implemented to slow its spread are unmistakable. The places and activities we typically enjoy are off limits, and (begrudgingly for many of us) our consultations are becoming increasingly pixelated. These and other challenges notwithstanding, psychologists and allied professionals are offering the best they have to support those we care for.

There has been perhaps no time in recent memory where our work has been so vital to the public. 

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