The Use of E-Therapy to Improve Quality of Care and Increase Number of Patients

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The Use of E-Therapy to Improve Quality of Care and Increase Number of Patients

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January 13, 2014

The Use of E-Therapy to Improve Quality of Care and Increase Number of Patients
As a member of ABC consultants, New York Presbyterian has hired me to pinpoint ways to improve and expand their patient care. New York Presbyterian Hospital based in New York, whose “healthcare system serves residents of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, as well as Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and several upstate New York counties. Members of the System include acute-care and community hospitals, continuum-of-care facilities, home-health agencies, ambulatory sites, and specialty institutes committed to
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E-therapy can allow individuals to seek help and maintain a direct line to their therapist and avoid their perceived shame of the office or treatment center. Some individuals may also be more candid when not face to face with the therapist. Untreated mental issues and addictions in some cases lead individuals to crime, homelessness, and in some cases suicide. Reducing the number of untreated addictions and mental issues can help prevent some of these social ills.
Conclusion
After discussing the potential benefits of e-therapy, I must emphasize that this recommendation is to enhance and not replace traditional therapy delivery. Clinicians must make proper evaluations and determine who is a good candidate for e-therapy. Initial evaluations should take place in person or via video chat. A patient’s ability to provide accurate self-report is another crucial factor. “Just as not every client is appropriate for online therapy, it also is important to consider which therapists should be providing online services” (Rochlen et al. 2004, p. 274), Therapist should have basic skills but also an interest in continuing studies on e-therapy.
NYP could also utilize this as a research opportunity to improve and help shape the course of e-therapy and continue on its path of innovation in therapy as demonstrated by its use of virtual reality treatment of PTSD. E-therapy will continue to develop as mobile technology advances, while it has not been
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