While not offering a solution for every patient in every circumstance, digital psychiatry may even be attractive to a subset of patients who would prefer a digital interaction to a human one, whether for financial and other pragmatic considerations (e.g., a single parent of 3 children, on public assistance, for whom getting to an office appointment is a major logistical problem and even financial hardship) or for more psychological and interpersonal reasons (e.g., someone with autism spectrum disorder for whom the lack of human connection with a chatbot may be helpful).
I’ve just edited an “in review” series for The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry considering digital psychiatry.
With my colleague Dr. David Goldbloom, I’ve co-written an editorial to open the series.
You can find our paper (which is open access) here:
The Andersson et al. paper is here:
The Vaidyam et al. paper is here: