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Onset of clinical improvement of depressive illness following electroconvulsive therapy

  • Laofe Oladele Ogundipe (a1), Mike Jorsh (a2), B. Wain (a3) and J. Lea (a3)
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Aims and method

To examine the onset and course of clinically observable improvement in patients receiving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). A prospective design was used In which 19 consecutive patients receiving ECT were followed up from commencement to termination of ECT. The Clinical Global Improvement Scale was administered at every ECT session to monitor their Improvement.

Results

Eleven of the 19 subjects Improved minimally and another subject Improved substantially after the first two ECT treatments.

Clinical implications

ECT produces clinically observable improvement in depression within a few days of starting treatment perhaps earlier than is generally acknowledged.

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Onset of clinical improvement of depressive illness following electroconvulsive therapy

  • Laofe Oladele Ogundipe (a1), Mike Jorsh (a2), B. Wain (a3) and J. Lea (a3)
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