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ECT: a patient-friendly procedure?

  • Denise M. Riordan (a1), Philip Barron (a2) and Melanie F. Bowden (a3)
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Electroconvulsive therapy is widely seen by the public as a barbaric and outmoded form of treatment. Even within groups of health care professionals, ECT does not have a ‘good press’. Most research into the area of patient attitudes to ECT has been retrospective and often considerably so, and is therefore unlikely to illustrate patients' feelings about a course of treatment at the time it took place (Freeman & Kendell, 1980; Kerr et al, 1982). The only prospective study is that by Malcolm (1989). This showed a low level of understanding of treatment and a high level of anxiety both before treatment and afterwards, but, despite this, a high level of compliance with ECT therapy.

Our aim was to re-examine these findings in order to find a way of improving the experience of ECT.

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Kerr, R. A., McGrath, J. J., O'Kearney, T. & Price, J. (1982) ECT: Misconceptions and attitudes. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 16, 4349.
Malcolm, K. (1989) Patients' perceptions and knowledge of electroconvulsive therapy. Psychiatric Bulletin, 13, 161165.
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ECT: a patient-friendly procedure?

  • Denise M. Riordan (a1), Philip Barron (a2) and Melanie F. Bowden (a3)
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