Academy Board will examine key recommendations
ACLP’s Board is being urged to “activate the membership” to provide a blueprint for best practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, and future epidemics, based on learning from experiences of COVID-19.
The Board should encourage Academy members’ efforts to research, collate evidence, and write and disseminate best practice guidelines in an orchestrated agenda which could be put into effect through existing and new special interest groups.
That is the key recommendation from an ACLP Task Force set up to examine COVID-19 implications for C-L Psychiatry.
Over coming months, the Board will consider the task force’s report which sets out actions needed under five headings:
Remote work and telepsychiatry
“Telepsychiatry is here to stay,” says task force chair Peter Shapiro, MD, DLFAPA, FACLP, Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
“But what is the best way to use it; how will we be paid for it; and how do we get regulatory systems to permit it?” The Academy, and Academy members, need to:
Support for hospital staff
‘Psychological first aid’—originally conceived to support staff during disasters—needs to be further developed into a program pertinent to the epidemic, and implemented, says the task force. The Academy needs to:
Support for C-L psychiatrists
The wellness of C-L psychiatrists needs its own program of support. We need to:
Psychiatry and neuropsychiatry of COVID-19
Hospitalized COVID-19 patients have very high rates of acute psychiatric illness. The Academy should:
The ACLP should take stands in support of our patients, our medical colleagues, and ourselves by:
“There is a lot to do and a great deal that we still have to learn,” says Dr. Shapiro.
ACLP’s president Maria Tiamson-Kassab, MD, FACLP, welcomed the task force’s report on behalf of the Board. “The task force chair and members have done an excellent job producing such wide-ranging and valuable recommendations so quickly,” says Dr. Tiamson-Kassab. “The Academy’s Board and Executive Committee have already reviewed and discussed these recommendations and we are working together with the task force to plan how as many as possible of them can be implemented.”