Transforming pediatric neuropsychology through video-based teleneuropsychology: An innovative private practice model pre-COVID-19

Christine M. Salinas, Veronica Bordes Edgar, Gretchen Berrios Siervo, Heidi A. Bender

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Abstract

Objective: In pediatric neuropsychology multiple barriers such as long wait times until an appointment, insurance coverage, and limited providers who are bilingual/bicultural or who sub-specialize in pediatric neuropsychology, often slow families from receiving diagnoses and interventions in a timely and affordable manner. This paper focuses on increasing accessibility through the development of a video-based, pediatric teleneuropsychology (TeleNP) practice model that was developed in a private practice 2 years before the COVID-19 pandemic. Method: 'Design thinking' methodology to problem-solving was utilized to innovate the traditional neuropsychology practice model in under-served areas who may have limited financial and healthcare resources. The practice model approach to include a virtual diagnostic clinic with increased patient and provider efficiency was created to enhance accessibility for patients and sustainability for providers. Results: Video-based TeleNP screenings were conducted for 67 children with developmental (i.e., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder) and language disorders, as well as concussion and psychiatric diagnoses. Additional comorbidities were identified in 65.6% of children. Follow-up data approximately 2 months later revealed 98.5% of children were receiving new interventions as a result of the video-based TeleNP assessment. Conclusion: Video-based TeleNP benefits the consumer as it can reduce wait times, decrease family financial burden (i.e., travel and parent time off work), expedite referrals for interventions, and provide geographically under-served populations access to providers who are linguistically and culturally responsive. For providers, this model revealed improvements with direct implications for cost-saving, thereby facilitating long-term economic sustainability within a private practice healthcare marketplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1189-1195
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Volume35
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Design thinking
  • Neuropsychology
  • Pediatric
  • Private practice
  • Teleneuropsychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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