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(p. 11) How the Pandemic Has Transformed Psychotherapy: Remote Treatment 

(p. 11) How the Pandemic Has Transformed Psychotherapy: Remote Treatment
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(p. 11) How the Pandemic Has Transformed Psychotherapy: Remote Treatment
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John C. Markowitz

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10.1093/med-psych/9780197554500.003.0003
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date: 05 May 2021

Based on a recent article by the author and his colleagues published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, this chapter describes the overnight conversion of outpatient psychiatry from in-person treatment to remote tele-therapy. The chapter details the relatively small research base supporting tele-therapy and the limitations of that research. It describes both the advantages of tele-therapy, namely access to ongoing care, and its numerous limitations and distractions. These include issues of the treatment setting, transmission difficulties, electronic intrusions, physical discomfort, and emotional distancing. Nonetheless, at a time when many people need psychiatric treatment, tele-therapy can be invaluable.

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