The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a remarkable number of psychologists across the United States to shift to delivering mental health care to patients remotely, according to a national study led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The study, “The COVID-19 Telepsychology Revolution: A National Study of Pandemic-Based Changes in U.S. Mental Health Care Delivery,” which was published in the journal American Psychologist, involved a survey of 2,619 licensed psychologists across the country and found that the amount of clinical work performed via telepsychology had increased 12-fold since the pandemic began.
Prior to the pandemic, psychologists reported performing 7.07% of their clinical work with telepsychology. During the pandemic, that number has soared to 85.53%. And 67.32% of psychologists reported conducting all of their clinical work with telepsychology, the study found.
“I was shocked to see how quickly telepsychology was adopted,” said lead author Brad Pierce, a doctoral student in the Department
Widespread COVID-19 testing may be an obvious way to control an outbreak in a long-term care facility. But communication among the facility’s staff, its residents and the residents’ family members is crucial, too.
A new study led by Carl Shrader, a physician and researcher in the Department of Family Medicine in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, revealed the role that communication played in quashing a COVID-19 outbreak at Sundale, a long-term care facility in Morgantown.
“Timely communication was challenging and made more difficult by a lack of evidence-based information and widely circulating misinformation,” said Shrader, who directs WVU’s residency program. “There is a delicate balance between rapid dissemination of accurate information with the need for personal individual discussion in an unknown situation.”
Shrader is also the medical director at Sundale, which was the epicenter of West Virginia’s COVID-19 pandemic. From the first diagnosis of COVID-19 in a Sundale