Improving Access though Tele-Psychiatry (IMPACT) INDIA

There is a growing burden of mental illnesses in India; however, the existing mental health professionals can provide for only 29% of the needs, leading to a treatment gap of 70%. One of the solutions to overcome this supply side barrier is the use of information and communication technology such as Tele-Psychiatry to deliver some healthcare tasks via video-conferencing. Our study, IMPACT aims to examine the feasibility and acceptability of the integration of Tele-Psychiatry into primary care services in an attempt to bridge the mental health treatment gap.

The IMPACT project aims to integrate tele-psychiatry in primary care, and deliver some healthcare tasks via video-conferencing. The project is focusing on building evidence for 1) the feasibility of delivering psychiatric consultation services for mental health problems via Tele-Psychiatry; 2) the acceptability of Tele-Psychiatry services to a range of stakeholders and 3) the impact of psychiatric consultation services via Tele-Psychiatry on clinical outcomes in patients with mental health problems.

In this formative research study, a mixed-methods approach will be used, followed by a before-after uncontrolled treatment cohort. Outcomes will be assessed using standardized clinical measures at three-months post recruitment. In-depth interviews will be conducted with patients and their family members, for their experiences and perceived acceptability of the service.

Project Team

Prof Richard Velleman

Dr. Abhijit Nadkarni

Godwin Fernandes

Abhijeet Jambhale

Urvita Bhatia

Project Partners

Dr Ravindra Aggrawal