Reasons for embracing virtual treatment (apart from the initial impetus to do so) had a common factor: an appreciation of the convenience of the online session.

Patient acceptance of, and even preference for, virtual psychiatry treatment during COVID has further established that the future of telemedicine is now. While some psychiatrists continue to argue that the benefits of in-person therapy outweigh those of virtual treatment, patients are saying, "We want virtual treatment."

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.