Remote Access Therapy For Veterans With Psychological Problems: Current State of The Art

Fleuty, Kristina and Almond, Michael (2020) Remote Access Therapy For Veterans With Psychological Problems: Current State of The Art. Military Medicine, 185 (7-8). e1046-e1050. ISSN 1930-613X

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Introduction: The past decade has seen both an increase in use and research into ways in which psychological therapy might be delivered remotely. Remote access therapy uses technology to deliver talking therapies. It is important to understand how remote technologies are being used as part of the therapeutic process and consider what effect this has on the success of therapeutic interventions. This review discusses what is currently known about the use of remote access therapy with a veteran population. Moreover, the review summarizes potential benefits and barriers to conducting therapy remotely. Materials and Methods: This review was conducted to explore the use of remote access therapies with veterans. All available literature identified for this review focused on veteran cohorts from the US and UK. To meet search criteria, studies had to include veteran participants engaging with any form of talking therapy delivered remotely. A total of 15 studies met the inclusion criteria: two from the UK and 13 from the US. Searches were carried out during June and July 2019. Results: A number of potential benefits to remote therapy delivery were observed in the research reviewed, including improved accessibility to therapy for people living in remote locations (providing infrastructure existed to facilitate the remote access technologies), increased flexibility of timing, and being able to undergo therapy alongside other life commitments. The studies also suggested that those involved in remote therapy found the technology accessible and easy to operate. Digital technologies could generally be relied upon and although there were some technical difficulties reported that these were generally not seen as a barrier to the use of remote technologies as a whole. Some limitations to using remote therapies were observed, such as the acceptability of remote therapy, particularly in the UK, and the willingness of practitioners to engage with digital technologies to facilitate remote therapy. There was also caution raised that the apparent cost effectiveness of delivering therapy remotely needs to be further investigated, particularly in relation to costs involved in enabling remote access technologies in locations where poor infrastructure exists. Conclusions: Overall, studies reported largely positive outcomes for veterans undergoing remote access therapy and in general participants did not find the therapeutic process compromised by remote delivery. Studies showed that remote access therapy is being conducted successfully in both the US and UK. There is, however, a need for more research into the use of remote access therapies to treat a wider range of psychological difficulties in veterans.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Veteran, Remote, teletherapy, psychotherapy
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2020 10:46
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:52

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