J. technol. behav. sci. (2017) 1:37–42 DOI 10.1007/s41347-016-0001-3 BRIEF REPORT Videoconference mind-body group therapy in a public mental health setting: a pilot study 1 1,2 3,4 Chanel Heermann & Werner Absenger & Jerome Sarris Published online: 11 January 2017 Springer International Publishing 2017 Introduction The use of videoconferencing has increased markedly in recent years, with a large-scale study by Deen, Godleski and Increasing access to mental health care for underserved com- Fortney (2010) examining the use of telemedicine by the munities is a critical public health need. One potential avenue Veteran’s Health Administration, showing group psychother- for improving access to mental health care is telemedicine apy delivered via videoconference has increased by 178% using videoconferencing. Videoconference has been shown over a 5-year period, to over 5000 visits yearly in 2010. The in many studies to be effective and acceptable in mental health evidence is mounting that group therapy can be effectively populations, with outcomes that are consistently comparable delivered via videoconference. to in-person treatment, resulting in high satisfaction for both One emerging form of group therapy is mixed-modality patients and providers (Germain, Marchand, Bouchard, mind-body groups. Mind-body medicine is defined as Drouin & Guay, 2009; Fortney et al., 2007;
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