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Managing suicidality in home-based telehealth.
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PMID:  21844180     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We describe the case of a US veteran from the war in Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The patient was undergoing treatment at home via telehealth as part of a research trial. In week six, he presented with severe suicidal ideation and required emergency hospitalization. Through a series of immediate enhanced communications (i.e. by videoconference) between the patient, patient's family, treatment team and local resources, the patient's symptoms were assessed to identify suicidality and an intervention was successfully carried out, involving the development of a safety plan and eventual transportation to an inpatient unit at the local Veterans Administration Medical Center, where he was hospitalized for three days. This demonstrates the value of telehealth in identifying and treating severe psychiatric symptoms in addition to supporting the safety of these procedures to address suicidality.
Daniel F Gros; Kimberly Veronee; Martha Strachan; Kenneth J Ruggiero; Ron Acierno
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of telemedicine and telecare     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1758-1109     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-8-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9506702     Medline TA:  J Telemed Telecare     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
* Ralph H Johnson VAMC, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.
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