Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who live in underserviced areas can be effectively treated using telehealth technology, new research suggests.

Telehealth technology is a way of delivering healthcare that connects doctors in major centers with patients in remote locations to enable them to interact in real time as though they were in the same room.

By eliminating the need to travel to obtain healthcare, telehealth services can improve access to care for patients who live in rural or underserved areas. This is particularly important now, when the shortage of healthcare services and, in particular, mental health services is a growing concern, lead author Kathleen Myers, MD, MPH, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, and director of Telemental Health Services at Seattle Children’s Hospital, told Medscape Medical News.

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