Comparing Telepsychiatry and in-Person Outcomes

This study has been completed.
Ontario Mental Health Foundation
NORTH Network
Information provided by:
Lawson Health Research Institute Identifier:
First received: February 14, 2006
Last updated: NA
Last verified: February 2006
History: No changes posted

Psychiatric consultation and short-term follow-up will produce equivalent clinical outcomes and be less costly when provided via videoconferencing (telepsychiatry) than when provided in-person.

Condition Intervention
Psychiatric Disorders.
Device: Videoconference equipment (telepsychiatry)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Comparing Patient Outcomes and Cost of Psychiatric Care Provided Through Videoconferencing With Psychiatric Care Provided in-Person.

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Further study details as provided by Lawson Health Research Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Brief Symptom Inventory
  • Cost of providing the psychiatric services

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of Life Inventory
  • Client Satisfaction Questionnaire
  • Hospital Utilization

Estimated Enrollment: 495
Study Start Date: August 2001
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2004
Detailed Description:

We predict that patients referred by their family physician for a psychiatric consultation and, if needed, short-term follow-up will have equivalent clinical outcomes when seen via telepsychiatry as compared to those patients seen in-person. We also predicted that telepsychiatry will be cheaper than in-person care.Study Design: a single-centre equivalence trial.We will use a sample size calculation and analytical methods that are specifically tailored for equivalence trials.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients referred by their family physicians for psychiatric consultation
  • scores in the dysfunctional range on the Brief Symptom Inventory

Exclusion Criteria:

  • patients incapable of consenting to the research
  • patients referred for medico-legal or insurance reports
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00292058

Canada, Ontario
Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
Lawson Health Research Institute
Ontario Mental Health Foundation
NORTH Network
Principal Investigator: Richard L O'Reilly, M.B. Lawson Health Research Institute
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00292058     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07911E, 7764101, R2354A01
Study First Received: February 14, 2006
Last Updated: February 14, 2006
Health Authority: Canada: Health Canada

Keywords provided by Lawson Health Research Institute:
Psychiatric consultation
Equivalence trial

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mental Disorders processed this record on April 15, 2014