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Modern telebehavioral health technologies
By Eduard Musinschi  |  Nov 25, 2022
Modern telebehavioral health technologies
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Telehealth services have evolved from simple Zoom conversations between medical professionals and patients to cover a much broader range of digital health services. In great demand among governments and patients, they are set to continue to proliferate and become ever more sophisticated as an effective means of cutting costs while helping patients better maintain and even improve their physical and cognitive health.

LONDON - Given the growing demand for telehealth services triggered by the pandemic, healthcare organizations need evidence-based telehealth methodologies, especially with the importance of behavioral healthcare and the desire of national policymakers to improve outcomes without increasing costs.

The following is a summary of findings from research gathering the evidence of telebehavioral health’s effectiveness on key clinical outcomes.

Examples of behavioral health services delivered via telehealth include cognitive behavioral therapy, general psychotherapy, behavioral activation, medication management, and training of elderly patients. Earlier studies investigated the influence of verbal self-instructions on the transfer of task-switching training in older adults,1 aerobic exercise and resting blood pressure,2 and the effects of combined physical and cognitive training on fitness and neuropsychological outcomes in healthy older adults.3 Some experimental telehealth services were proven to be effective.4

Increased healthcare costs during the pandemic have triggered the demand of both governments and their populations for cost-effective telehealth services. States often cover telebehavioral health as a treatment modality, meaning that they cover certain services regardless of how they are delivered.

Telebehavioral gamification

A group of researchers has created a novel ‘exergame’ intervention for older adults, called the Body-Brain Trainer (BBT), that requires participants to perform physical movements in response to cognitive challenges that engage different cognitive control domains. This combined cognitive and physical methodology is compelling in that it helps maintain both cognitive and physical health, a combination which is a particularly effective approach. Using such tr

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