Friday, May 6, 2016

Child Behavioral ECHO: Pediatric psychopharmacology pilot serving southeast Kansas

The KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth (KUCTT) has launched a Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) pilot to help primary care providers and pediatricians in southeast Kansas enhance their skills in treating children with developmental and behavioral disorders.

Through KUCTT’s Telehealth ROCKS grant, pediatric specialists from the University of Kansas Medical Center are instructing the Child Behavioral ECHO: Pediatric Psychopharmacology (P2).  The ECHO specialist team includes two child psychiatrists and a pediatric psychologist who collaborate to provide education to community physicians and other health care professionals through instruction and case presentations over videoconferencing. Through this collaboration, communities benefit from increased service from their local providers, which reduces the costs associated with being referred to specialists in urban areas.

The P2 Project ECHO was designed as a pilot project for grant site partners. The KUCTT and the Telehealth ROCKS grant team aspire to advance this pilot ECHO by broadening the scope of instruction to include a variety of child developmental and behavioral concerns, such as anxiety, depression, and developmental delay. The grant team will develop the Child Behavioral ECHO based on the feedback and needs of local health care providers.

For more information, please contact KU Center for Telemedicine at 913-588-2226 or projectecho@kumc.edu.

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