This study surveyed north-west consultant psychiatrists regarding their clinical electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) practice. A postal questionnaire was sent to all consultants identified by contacting north-west hospitals. Most respondents were in favour of using ECT, primarily for depressive psychosis. Bilateral ECT, twice weekly, was the preferred means of administration. Practice was similar overall to Pippard and Ellam's findings in their national survey. Prior to the latest College ECT guidelines, there had been little change in clinical ECT practice in the north-west since Pippard and Ellam's national survey.
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