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J Telemed Telecare. 2004;10(3):125-9.

Videoconferencing in family therapy: a review.

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Lapland Family Clinic (Lapin Perheklinikka Oy), Rovaniemi, Finland.


Videoconferencing is used in psychiatry for various purposes. There is a need for research on videoconferencing in family therapy, as there are hardly any reports on the topic: in a literature search, we found only four references to family therapy and videoconferencing. In the Department of Psychiatry at Oulu University Hospital, the use of videoconferencing has steadily increased over the last few years, and in 2002 the equipment was used for 600 hours, of which 84 hours (14%) involved consultation and 12 hours (2%) family therapy. We postulate that the use of videoconferencing for family therapy will incur various restrictions, but may also open up new opportunities. Videoconferencing may allow people in remote regions to benefit from family therapy services. Using modern equipment, it is possible to attain television broadcast quality in a videoconference, but we do not know the effect of videoconferenced delivery on the outcome of therapy. It will therefore be important to collect systematic data on family therapy delivered via videoconference.

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