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A systematic review of the preferences of rural and remote youth for mental health service access: Telehealth versus face-to-face consultation

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Mseke, EP and Jessup, B and Barnett, T, A systematic review of the preferences of rural and remote youth for mental health service access: Telehealth versus face-to-face consultation, Australian Journal of Rural Health pp. 1-15. ISSN 1440-1584 (2023) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajr.12961

Abstract

Introduction: Telehealth has become an increasingly popular method to deliver mental health services to rural and remote youth who are challenged by distance and service availability. However, it remains unclear whether rural and remote youth would prefer to access mental health services via telehealth or by attending services in person.

Objective: To systematically review the preferences of rural and remote youth for mental health service access via telehealth versus face-to-face consultation.

Design: Systematic review of published research papers cited in databases CINAHL, MEDLINE and PubMed databases between 2000 and 2021. Findings: From a total of 225 articles identified, four were found to meet inclusion criteria. Three studies reported rural and remote youth preferred to access mental health services face-to-face over telehealth. However, three studies also reported youth viewed telehealth as an important adjunct to in person attendance, especially in situations of large travel times.

Discussion: Although telehealth can facilitate mental health service access, rural and remote youth may prefer to see a mental health professional in person, with telehealth regarded as an adjunct to, not a replacement for, face-to-face consultation.

Conclusion: Whilst rural and remote youth may prefer to access mental health services in person rather than via telehealth, further well designed research is needed to better understand under what circumstances this preference holds true and why. Caution should be exercised in generalising this finding because of the few studies that met the inclusion criteria and different conditions under which youth made their choice to access mental health services.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:in person, rural and remote health, service delivery, telemedicine, young people
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Rural and remote health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Mseke, EP (Mr Edwin Mseke)
UTAS Author:Jessup, B (Dr Belinda Jessup)
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
ID Code:154786
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2023-01-07
Last Modified:2023-01-09
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