Telepsychiatry in India - Where Do We Stand? A Comparative Review between Global and Indian Telepsychiatry Programs
A wide discrepancy exists in India between the existing mental healthcare repertoire and the alarmingly high burden of individuals requiring immediate attention from requisite mental healthcare services. Providing equitable mental healthcare across a vast country characterized by profound cultural variations and territorial caveats has remained a major public health concern. Against this gloomy backdrop, the emergence of distant communications technology offers solace and optimism as an ingenious approach to bridge the existing gap between clients and mental health professionals. Using inexpensive equipment and basic technical knowhow, telepsychiatry expands the scope of the discipline to distant and hazy suburbs and villages from its urban centers of excellence. The current academic endeavor intends to perform a systematic review of relevant literature from India as well as from other countries. The various models of telepsychiatry-both asynchronous and synchronous models-in practice have been elaborated on with a focus on effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability of this latest modality. A sincere attempt to chronicle the remarkable journey of telepsychiatry in India, beginning in the dawn of the 21
Naskar S, Victor R, Das H, Nath K. Telepsychiatry in India - Where Do We Stand? A Comparative Review between Global and Indian Telepsychiatry Programs. Indian J Psychol Med. 2017 May-Jun;39(3):223-242. doi: 10.4103/0253-7176.207329. PMID: 28615754; PMCID: PMC5461830.