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Experimental Comparison of Telepsychiatry and Conventional Psychiatry for Mentally Ill Parolees in California, 2011-2015

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, survey data
Creator
  • Farabee, David
  • Calhoun, Stacy
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
2017-12-19
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Publisher
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
medical care; medical technology; medications; mental disorders; mental health services; parolees; recidivism; telecommunications
Description
  • Abstract

    These data are part of NACJD's Fast Track Release and are distributed as they were received from the data depositor. The files have been zipped by NACJD for release, but not checked or processed except for the removal of direct identifiers. Users should refer to the accompanying readme file for a brief description of the files available with this collection and consult the investigator(s) if further information is needed. The main goal of the study was to empirically measure the effectiveness of Telepsychiatry for mentally ill parolees.Parolees enrolled in the study were assigned to either face-to-face sessions with their psychiatrists for the duration of their treatment or telepsychiatry sessions with their psychiatrist, in which the parolees interacted with their assigned psychiatrist via a web-based screen interface. Administrative records data on recidivism was collected for everyone who consented to be randomized in this study.
  • Abstract

    The main goal of the study was to empirically measure the effectiveness of Telepsychiatry for mentally ill parolees.
  • Methods

    Parolees enrolled in the study were assigned to either face-to-face sessions with their psychiatrists for the duration of their treatment or telepsychiatry sessions with their psychiatrist, in which the parolees interacted with their assigned psychiatrist via a web-based screen interface. Administrative records data on recidivism was collected for everyone who consented to be randomized in this study. Parolees who agreed to be randomized to one of the study conditions were asked to indicate on their consent form if they would like to participate in two in-depth interviews. A member of the research team contacted the parolees who wanted to participate in the interviews within 7 days of randomization consent. The research assistant went through a second consent process with the parolee to confirm that they were still interested in participating in the interviews. All study participants who participated in the interview portion of the study were paid an incentive of $25.00 for completing the baseline interview and another $25.00 for completing the 6-month follow-up interview. A random subsample of parolees who were participating in the interview portion of the study was selected to participate in a more in-depth qualitative interview. The qualitative interviews were anonymous and cannot be connected to the baseline and follow-up data. Participants were paid $25 for completing this interview.
  • Methods

    Data file (01_Telemed Baseline Data_04-26-15_recoded.sav) contains 71 cases and 131 variables including: marital status,level of education, quality of childhood, drug and alcohol use, criminal history, mental health history, history of violence, relationship with current psychiatrist. Data file (02_Telemed Follow-up Data_4-26-15_recoded.sav)contains 60 cases and 158 variables including: Overall wellness 6 months following release, educational achievements since release, current employment, support systems outside of prison, drug use after release, mental health following release, need for support, characteristics of neighborhood, relationship with psychiatrist. Data file (03_Psychiatrist Survey Data 4-26-15.sav) contains 104 cases and 15 variables for example: effectiveness of telemedicine, how many patients use telepsychiatry, benefits of telemed for both doctor and patient, flaws with telemed. Data file (04_Telemed Administrative Records_04-26-15_recoded.sav)contains 104 cases and 15 variables all of which relate to patient demographics.
  • Methods

    Response Rates: This survey was administered to 24 psychiatrists and had a 92% response rate.
  • Abstract

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2011--2015
  • 2011 / 2015
  • Collection date: 2012--2014
  • 2012 / 2014
Sampled Universe
Parolees receiving psychiatric services from a participating parole outpatient clinics to treat a mental health problem between 2012-2014. Smallest Geographic Unit: The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Sampling
All new parolees attending one of the participating parole outpatient clinics were informed about the study and asked if they would like to participate in the study. Parolees who were interested in participating in the study went through a informed consent process and randomized into one of the two study conditions (telepsychiatry or face-to-face) after giving informed consent. Group assignment was based on whether the parolee's The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation number ended in an odd (face-to-face/control) or even (telepsychiatry) number. With regard to the psychiatrist survey, this survey was administered to psychiatrists working in the prison because it was not feasible to administer the survey to psychiatrists in the community during the project period due to policy changes within the department of corrections.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview
Note
Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (2010-DJ-BX-2002).
Availability
Delivery
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36111 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2017-12-19 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2017-12-19

Farabee, David; Calhoun, Stacy (2017): Experimental Comparison of Telepsychiatry and Conventional Psychiatry for Mentally Ill Parolees in California, 2011-2015. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36111.v1