Practitioner's CornerTransition to Inpatient Telepsychiatry Services and Impact on Quality of CareKhurana, Saranya MD, MPH; Pertschuk, Michael MD; Newton, Kathryn DO; Klein, David MA; Du, Wei MD Author Information KHURANA: at the time the manuscript was written: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA; currently: MGH/McLean Psychiatry Residency Program PERTSCHUK: at the time the manuscript was written: Brandywine Hospital, Tower Health, Coatesville, PA; currently: Tower Behavioral Health, West Reading, PA KLEIN: Berkshire Psychiatric & Behavioral Health Services, Wyomissing, PA NEWTON: at the time the manuscript was written: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, and Tower Health, West Reading, PA; currently: Capital Health, Trenton, NJ DU: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, and Tower Health, West Reading, PA The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Please send correspondence to: Wei Du, MD, Academic Affairs, Tower Health, 420 South 5th Avenue, West Reading, PA 19611 (e-mail: [email protected]). Journal of Psychiatric Practice: November 2022 - Volume 28 - Issue 6 - p 492-496 doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000675 Buy Metrics Abstract Demands for telepsychiatry have increased due to the challenges of COVID-19. The global pandemic caused a significant increase in anxiety and depression and a worsening of eating disorder symptoms, while the implementation of social distancing both exacerbated these mental health issues and disrupted the in-person delivery of mental health services. Rapid adaptation of telepsychiatry in the acute inpatient setting has been reported with favorable outcomes in patient experiences. This article reports our experience with a transition to telepsychiatry services on an acute eating disorder unit and the impact on quality of care. Forty-two inpatients on an eating disorders unit completed 410 surveys evaluating their experience with telepsychiatry. Simultaneously, surveys were distributed to physicians to identify technical and connectivity issues. Our experience showed that patients on an eating disorder unit, who had an average length of stay of 22 days, were very satisfied with telepsychiatry, with few technical or safety issues. Copyright © 2022 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.