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.”
The Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP) has collected several resources to support Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrists wrestling with issues related to, or caused by Coronavirus 2019 / COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2. Not all originate from the Academy.
C-L Psychiatry/COVID-19 listserv
ACLP has launched a listserv dedicated to C-L Psychiatry and COVID-19 issues. The list is not restricted to only Academy members; any medical care provider with an interest in these issues may join and participate in the conversation. To subscribe to the list, send a blank email to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a confirmation request in response. Once confirmed, you will start receiving list emails and can email the list yourself.
Note: this listserv is NOT tied to your Academy membership and you cannot control subscription to it via your Academy member profile. You must subscribe to it directly and unsubscribe to leave it. Only subscribers can email the list.
The list allows for standard attachments, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, and PDF documents, up to a total email size limit (that is, the email size is counted with the document file size) of 3 MB.
If you’re subscribed and want to unsubscribe, send a blank email from the email you wish to remove from the list to COVIDemail@example.com.