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ECT in Scotland

  • Carol Robertson (a1), Chris P. L. Freeman (a2) and Grace Fergusson (a3)
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Previous audit of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) standards has identified deficiencies in service provision. Little national information was available on ECT services in Scotland. Survey questionnaires were sent to all consultants in charge of ECT clinics in Scotland. There was a 100% response rate. The service provision varied across Scotland, and in some cases fell below Royal College of Psychiatrists' recommendations. There now exists a base of information on services available and an ongoing national audit system should be considered. Several recommendations have been made for the future of ECT services in Scotland and these have been distributed to consultants in charge of clinics.

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ECT in Scotland

  • Carol Robertson (a1), Chris P. L. Freeman (a2) and Grace Fergusson (a3)
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