Effectiveness of Telemental Health Services in Rural Communities

Elizabeth N. Vebangsi, Liberty University

Document Type Article


Telemental health has been recognized as a technique to improve access to care delivered to Rural communities, and those willing to use telehealth services have increased tremendously since its introduction. Literature evaluates patients’ satisfaction with telemental health services and their acceptance to improve care delivery in rural communities. The literature review identified three major themes: improved care, increased use of telemental health services, and reduced cost and timesaving. Even though some studies uncovered issues from technology, poor connectivity, and delay in audio-visual transmission, the potential of mental health services continues to enhance care delivery to rural communities.