Cover: Ongoing Disparities in Digital and In-Person Access to Child Psychiatric Services in the United States

Ongoing Disparities in Digital and In-Person Access to Child Psychiatric Services in the United States

Published in: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2022). doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2021.11.028

Posted on RAND.org on March 24, 2022

by Ryan K. McBain, Jonathan H. Cantor, Aaron Kofner, Bradley D. Stein, Hao Yu

More than 6 million children and adolescents in the U.S. (approximately 10%) live in counties with no child psychiatrists and insufficient broadband coverage to support telepsychiatry services. This study found substantial geographic disparities in access: children in counties that are rural or low-income are severely disadvantaged in accessing care in comparison to their counterparts in urban or high-income counties.

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