Integrating telepsychiatry services in a care setting in Kenya: A case report

Frank Njenga, Linnet Ongeri, Anna Nguithi, Jacqueline Anundo, Maryann Mugane, Zawadi Kimari, Gathoni Mbugua, Cushny Kaigwa, Lukoye Atwoli

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Globally, health providers and patients alike have been forced to adapt rapidly to the use of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although telepsychiatry has been tested and found just as effective as face-to-face care, there still remains little uptake of this form of care provision in sub-Saharan Africa. This case study highlights the use of telepsychiatry in a previously telemedicine-naive private mental health facility in Kenya. We describe the challenges and lessons learned from the experience. We conclude on the need to test the effectiveness and acceptability of this mode of therapy in sub-Saharan Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Article number38
JournalBJPsych International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2022


  • COVID-19
  • Kenya
  • Telepsychiatry
  • telemedicine
  • telemental health


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