Telepsychiatry and Innovations in Mental Health Care Delivery in Nursing Homes

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Hochang Lee, MD
University of Rochester Medical Center
Briana Mezuk, PhD
CSEPH, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Glen Xiong, MD
Department of Psychiatry, UC Davis
Elizabeth Santos, MD, MPH
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Summary: Behavioral health disorders including dementia affect 65–90% of the CDC-estimated 1.5 million nursing home residents residing in 15,600 nursing homes across the United States. However, despite this, nursing home staff are often ill equipped to meet the mental health needs of their residents. Studies report that more than half of nursing homes do not have adequate access to psychiatric consultation and three quarters are unable to obtain consultation and educational services for behavioral problems. The need for improved access to and quality of mental health services within nursing homes remains a pressing concern today. The aims of this session are to characterize the burden of mental illness in nursing home residents in the US and to describe the cutting-edge efforts to deliver psychiatric services to nursing homes by leveraging technology. Based on the latest data, Drs. Briana Mezuk, Glen Xiong, and Elizabeth Santos will present on novel approaches to research and clinical care of mental illness in nursing home by incorporating data science and leveraging technology. 


UAN: JA4008163-9999-20-038-H04-P
Activity Type: Knowledge Based

Objectives for Webinar:

1. Audience will be able to estimate the prevalence of mental illness and incidence of suicides in nursing homes in US.
2. Audience will be able to discuss the shortage of available mental health service resources in support of nursing homes in US.
3. Audience will be able to compare and contrast synchronous and asynchronous forms if telepsychiatry delivered in nursing homes.
4. Audience will be able to identify the multiple components of the URMC Geriatric Telepsychiatry Model implemented to support many nursing homes in New York State.

Acknowledgement of Support
This webinar is supported in part by an unrestricted educational grant provided by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).


Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships:

The following table of disclosure information is provided to learners and contains the relevant financial relationships that each individual in a position to control the content disclosed to Amedco.  All of these relationships were treated as a conflict of interest, and have been resolved.  (C7 SCS 6.1-­‐6.2, 6.5)


All individuals in a position to control the content of CE are listed in the program book. If their name is not listed below, they disclosed that they had no relevant financial relationships.


Hochang Lee

No relevant financial relationship exists

Briana Mezuk

No relevant financial relationship exists

Glen Xiong

Blue Cross Blue Shield - Scientific/Medical Advisory Board Member

Doctor On Demand - Scientific/Medical Advisory Board Member

Safely You - Employee

Elizabeth Santos

No relevant financial relationship exists



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