A qualitative study of the use of Skype for psychotherapy consultations in the Ukraine

Edirippulige, Sisira, Levandovskaya, Marina and Prishutova, Anna (2013) A qualitative study of the use of Skype for psychotherapy consultations in the Ukraine. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 19 7: 376-378. doi:10.1177/1357633X13506523

Author Edirippulige, Sisira
Levandovskaya, Marina
Prishutova, Anna
Title A qualitative study of the use of Skype for psychotherapy consultations in the Ukraine
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2013-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1357633X13506523
Open Access Status
Volume 19
Issue 7
Start page 376
End page 378
Total pages 3
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 2718 Health Informatics
Abstract There has been rather limited use of Skype for health and medical purposes. We investigated the use of Skype for delivering psychotherapy services in the Ukraine. A provider questionnaire was distributed to all delegates (n¼50) at the Annual Symposium of Psychotherapists. One copy of a client questionnaire was also given to each service provider and they were instructed to request their next client to complete the survey. In total, 29 providers and 23 clients responded to the questionnaire. The majority of clients (61%) and providers (72%) had used Skype for a range of services. The services they provided were related to a wide range of paradigms including psycho-analysis, psycho-drama, Gestalt therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and existential therapy. A key reason for using Skype was to allow practitioners to contact clients who were not easily accessible, e.g. those who lived in other countries. Most practitioners (n¼24) thought their clients considered the services received on Skype were good or excellent. All 26 practitioners charged for Skype consultations. The majority of clients and providers showed high satisfaction with the use of Skype for psychotherapy services.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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