Essay on Future Trends in Health Care

1553 Words May 28th, 2013 7 Pages
Future Trends in Health Care: Mental Health
Kelley Fox
April 8th 2013
Marc Magill

Future Trends in Health Care: Mental Health
Access to care is a key determinant in a community’s health, rural communities have less access to health care because of provider availability, distance to travel, and financial constraints (Health Service Research & Development, 2010). The rural communities have an even greater disparity concerning access to mental health, studies show they are 63% less likely to receive general mental health services (Health Service Research & Development, 2010) Telemental health could help fill in the gaps left by poor access to mental health, decreasing the need for individuals to seek services outside
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Distance therapy requires that the provider can work with the venue’s staff to establish local emergency resources. It is important to outline all of these details in a condition of therapy consent form; this form will need to include authority to contact family or other local professionals if provider believes the client is in danger. At times the TMH mode of therapy can be deemed ineffective requiring care to be transferred; this situation will additionally be covered in the conditions of therapy consent form. Being culturally aware of the local community the client resides in, and understanding the challenges the local residents face will enhance a provider’s effectiveness (Belz, et al. 2009).
Telemental Health’s Impact on Rural Communities
TMH has a favorable impact on both the clients and the communities in which they live. The improved access to care facilitates timely diagnosis of mental health problerms, improving a client’s ability to cope, keep employed, or stay in school (Novotney, 2011). Distance therapy has been proven to be more effective in the treatment of conditions such as panic disorders, bulemia, agoraphobia, OCD, depression, and PTSD. Untreated mental health problems and those under managed by primary care physicians often cause the affected to seek medical treatment for anxiety in local emergency rooms or much worse not at all. This

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