Grant: #73055

Grantee Institution: Parkview Health

Principal Investigator: Tammy Toscos, Ph.D.

Grant Period: October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2017

Budget: $313,704

Researchers, in collaboration with community partners, will use a Delphi study, focus groups, and survey to examine the role, benefits and disadvantages of telehealth in addressing mental health needs in adolescents and young adults. They will examine questions including: (1) how do individuals in adolescence/early adulthood identify and engage trusted agents and reliable sources of information to make choices about getting mental health care; (2) what are the perceptions of telemental health when compared with more traditional venues for mental health care; (3) what are key elements of a high-value telemental health experience; and (4) what is the health system’s role in providing telemental health care offerings and/or connecting resources with community needs. The goal of this project is to improve access to mental health care by better understanding the perceptions of telemental health among Indiana consumers ages 14-24.

This project is funded as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s solicitation “Optimizing Value in Health Care: Consumer-focused Trends from the Field,” which supports studies that address consumer perceptions of value in the new and emerging health care landscape.


Study Snapshot: Research Explores Perceptions of Using Technology to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults
AcademyHealth | September 2017