Review Article
Volume 10 Issue 3 - 2021
To See or Not to See… Does Virtual Medical Encounter Harm Communication?
Fabien Gagnon*
Forensic Psychiatrist, Quebec Medico-Legal Institute, and Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada
*Corresponding Author: Fabien Gagnon, Forensic Psychiatrist, Quebec Medico-Legal Institute, and Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada.
Received: January 27, 2021; Published: February 27, 2021


With the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of telemedicine and telehealth (telemedicine applied to health care) is becoming an important part of the tools used by medical and health care clinicians. The use of synchronous (real-time) audio-video communication (AVC) which connects physicians and patients through various technical platforms has advantages and disadvantages. The author explores how the limits associated with the use of AVC with narrow angle camera may negatively impact medical communication, depriving clinicians from non-verbal clues.

Keywords: Non-Verbal Communication; Telemedicine; Camera’s Angle


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Citation: Fabien Gagnon. “To See or Not to See… Does Virtual Medical Encounter Harm Communication?”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 10.3 (2021): 52-57.

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