video conferencing for paediatric mental health services

Video conference facilities will be used to help deliver behavioural health services to children in a new study.

Scientists at the University of California were this week awarded a $1.6 million (£1.05 million) grant to experiment whether mental health experts can deliver paediatric services from a remote location.

Dr. Tumaini R. Coker, who will lead the research, was very excited to have been awarded the grant. In an interview with, he shared hopes that the project could result in video conferencing services being used in paediatric care more often.

“One of the key strengths of this project will be the emphasis on the partnership between UCLA researchers, the community clinics and the families to develop and test this strategy to bring behavioural health services into the primary care setting using live video conferencing visits,” he said.

The grant was awarded by the Patient-Centred Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which aims to provide patients with more informed decisions about their care options.

Dr. Joe Selby, who is the executive director of the body, has called the project “a new approach to health research that emphasises the inclusion of patients and caregivers all stages of the study process”.

According to, PCORI has issued more than $1 billion (£657 million) to medical studies this month.