Development of the Telehealth Psychology Best Practice Measure for Clinicians

About this study

You are invited to participate in a study exploring the important aspects of telehealth psychology practice. Telehealth psychology is the delivery of psychological services using technological platforms.

Telehealth Psychology in this investigation refers to the delivery of psychological treatment and assessment via videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom. When examining the telehealth psychology literature, it was found that the recommendations for effective telehealth psychology practice rely heavily on the views, experience and common sense of clinicians. Research is needed to test these recommendations to inform, clarify and refine clinical practice to enhance the benefits of telehealth psychology.

This study aims to examine if the effective telehealth psychology components recommended in the literature are rated as important by mental health practitioners and clients who have used telehealth psychology. We hope to learn about your perceptions of what characteristics of telehealth sessions are important to inform the development of a measure to assess best practice for telehealth psychology.

Research TeamAssociate Professor Leah Brennan, Joelle Holdsworth, Anne-Marie Hindle, Xochitl de la Piedad Garcia
InstitutionLa Trobe University
Ethics Approval NumberHEC21116
Project Start DateJune 3, 2021
Project End DateOctober 30, 2021
ParticipantsMental health clinicians who have provided mental health assessment and/or treatment via videoconferencing telehealth psychology.
What is InvolvedComplete an online questionnaire conducted via Redcap. This questionnaire will ask about the important interpersonal skills; administrative processes and technological issues; and ethical and professional issues for telehealth psychology. Each category will contain items that have been identified as important contributors to effective telehealth psychology practice. Participants will be asked to indicate if they believe the item is important for the therapeutic outcomes of effective telehealth practice.
You will also be asked about the comprehensibility of items along with the overall comprehensiveness and potential response formats for the measure. It will take 20 to 30 minutes to complete. The feedback provided by participants will be used to revise the measure. After you have reviewed the survey, you will be asked if you want to review a revised version of the measure. This is optional. If you would like to review it, you will be asked to email the principal investigator so we can send you the revised version.
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