Telemedicine may work as well as in-person visits for depression

From Reuters:

Treating depression with video conference calls may offer symptom improvement similar to in-person visits, a recent U.S. study suggests.

Researchers randomly assigned 241 depressed elderly veterans to receive eight weeks of psychotherapy either by visiting a clinician’s office or by using in-home videoconferencing technology. All of them could also take antidepressants.

After one year, there was little or no meaningful difference in satisfaction or symptom relief between the two groups, the study found.

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