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Research Article

Teleconferencing model for forensic consultation, court testimony, and continuing education

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D.* *, James Clark, Ph.D., Lane J. Veltkamp, M.S.W., B.C.D., Deborah C. Burton, M.A., Marian Swope, M.D.

email: Thomas W. Miller (twm@kentuckylaw.com)
*Correspondence to Thomas W. Miller, Department of Psychiatry, 3470 Blazer Parkway, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40509-1810, U.S.A.

University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

A medical center-based forensic clinic that provides the necessary comprehensive consultation, continuing education, court testimony, and clinical services through an applied model of teleconferencing applications is addressed. Telemedicine technology and services have gained the attention of both legal and clinical practitioners, examining trends and models of health care for underserved populations, and identifying where consultation with a team of professionals may benefit service providers in rural communities. The contribution offered herein provides an understanding of the history of the development of the clinic, a theoretical model that has been applied to a clinical forensic program that employs telepsychiatry services, and the ethical and malpractice liability issues confronted in using teleconferencing services. This model is examined through a child and adolescent forensic evaluation clinic. The goals of this model are offered, as are a number of applications within the broad spectrum of services utilizing telemedicine. Finally, changing patterns are addressed in clinically based health-care delivery for criminal justice, social services, and forensic mental health. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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