Latest data from annual profiles of health professionals show NC has 27 counties without a psychiatrist

As part of mental health month, we are highlighting some of our previous work on mental health reform in North Carolina. 
 
Telepsychiatry is part of a growing national trend called telemedicine, in which physicians can see patients from remote locations using secure video and audio- streaming technology called videoconferencing. A psychiatrist or other health care professional can talk to and physically view the patient through a video screen with a web camera and microphone. On the other end, the patient can view the psychiatrist through a similar audio-visual system. North Carolina is a national leader in the use of telepsychiatry, thanks to the leadership, hard work, and determination of a group of professionals committed to this solution.
 
The 2011 table below was published in an article on Telepsychiatry in NC in North Carolina Insight in July 2014 that showed North Carolina had 28 counties without a psychiatrist.  We've updated the table with the lastest information (2012) from the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-Chapel Hill's annual profile of health professionals. According to the latest data, 27 NC counties in North Carolina do not have a psychiatrist.  
 
 

 

Note:  The 28 counties in North Carolina that do not have a psychiatrist are Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Bertie, Bladen, Camden, Dare, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Graham, Hoke, Hyde, Jackson, Jones, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Montgomery, Northampton, Pamlico, Scotland, Swain, Transylvania, Tyrrell, Warren, and Yancey.  
 
Source:  The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-Chapel Hill.  See the Excel spreadsheet for physician specialties.  On the Internet at http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/hp/prof2011.htm.
 

Updated:

Note:  The 27 counties in North Carolina that do not have a psychiatrist are Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Bertie, Bladen, Camden, Caswell, Dare, Franklin, Gates, Graham, Hyde, Jones, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Montgomery, Northampton, Pamlico, Perquimans, Scotland, Swain, Transylvania, Tyrrell, Warren, and Yancey.

Source:  The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-Chapel Hill.  See the Excel spreadsheet for physician specialties.  On the Internet at http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/hp/prof2012.htm

Counties listed as having a psychiatrist in 2011 but not in 2012:

  • Caswell County
  • Perquimans County

Counties listed as having a psychiatrist in 2012 but not in 2011:

  • Edgecombe County
  • Hoke County
  • Jackson County

 

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