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Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program

The MUSC Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program (TRRP) was established to address the unmet mental health needs of adults and children after traumatic injury. More than 20 percent of traumatic injury patients develop mental health problems such as post traumatic stress disorder or depression after acute care hospital admissions. Few hospitals offer adequate mental health screening and follow up after discharge. TRRP brings education and best-practice treatment directly to patients and families by engaging them at the time of their hospitalization and delivering follow-up screening and telehealth treatment to those who need it.

How does it work?

We provide several levels of service. First, we meet patients in hospital to provide them education about mental health recovery and resources that are available to them after discharge. Second, we screen patients over the phone 30 days after discharge to identify unaddressed mental health needs. Third, patients with positive screens are offered comprehensive assessment and best-practice treatment via telehealth technology. Many of the traumatic injury patients we serve through our level-1 trauma center live more than 25 miles away from MUSC, and many others are not yet sufficiently mobile due to their physical injuries to attend face-to-face treatment sessions. Patients with mental health needs that are not addressed by our service are provided referrals to local providers, as needed.

What are the benefits of the program?

Most patients in the US never receive mental health screening or follow-up care after traumatic injury. This program therefore improves access to care by bringing education and best-practice mental health treatment directly to patients at several stages of recovery after traumatic injury. Our goal is to accelerate mental health recovery by identifying and treating symptoms of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder early in the recovery process after injury.

TRRP Team

TRRP represents a multidisciplinary partnership between MUSC’s Department of Surgery (General Surgery, Trauma, and Surgical Critical Care), Department of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine), College of Nursing (Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles), Center for Telehealth, and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center). Members of the TRRP team include:

Ken Ruggiero, PhD
Tatiana Davidson, PhD
Keith Borg, MD, PhD
Brian Bunnell, PhD
Carrie Busch, MD
Jennifer Winkelmann, MA
Sachin Patel, MSc
Elizabeth Stevens, MA
Jessica Maples, MS
Danna Lewsky, MA

 

Video: Telehealth throughout the state

Contact Us

For more information about MUSC Health’s telemedicine programs, please contact MUSC Center for Telehealth at
843-792-7512.

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