Skip to main content
×
×
Home

Patient attitudes to electroconvulsive therapy

  • Gavin Rush (a1), Shane McCarron (a2) and James V. Lucey (a3)
Abstract
Aims and Methods

To investigate patients' subjective attitudes to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) a questionnaire was posted to 89 consecutive patients who had received treatment in an ECT department.

Results

Fifty-one responses were obtained (57%). Results indicated a high satisfaction with the department and the treatment itself; 44 respondents would or might have ECT again and 35 reported at least a modest improvement with ECT. However, a high rate (60%) of subjective cognitive impairment was reported.

Clinical Implications

Electroconvulsive therapy can be an acceptable treatment option for patients when administered in an accredited clinic. More research is urgently required to investigate the exact nature of ECT-associated cognitive impairment, in terms of functional deficits, severity and practical importance to patients' lives.

  • View HTML
    • Send article to Kindle

      To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

      Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

      Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

      Patient attitudes to electroconvulsive therapy
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Dropbox

      To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

      Patient attitudes to electroconvulsive therapy
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Google Drive

      To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

      Patient attitudes to electroconvulsive therapy
      Available formats
      ×
Copyright
This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
References
Hide All
Benbow, S. M. & Crentsil, J. (2004) Subjective experience of electroconvulsive therapy. Psychiatric Bulletin, 28, 289291.
Caird, H., Worrall, A. & Lelliott, P. (2004) The Electroconvulsive Therapy Accreditation Service. Psychiatric Bulletin, 28, 257259.
Department of Health and Children (Ireland) (2002) Report of the Inspector of Mental Hospitals for 2001. TSO (The Stationery Office).
Department of Health and Children (Ireland) (2003) Report of the Inspector of Mental Hospitals for 2002. TSO (The Stationery Office).
Department of Health and Children (Ireland) (2004) Report of the Inspector of Mental Hospitals for 2003. TSO (The Stationery Office).
Duffett, R. & Lelliott, P. (1997) Junior doctors' training in the theory and the practice of electroconvulsive therapy. Psychiatric Bulletin, 21, 563565.
Duffett, R. & Lelliott, P. (1998) Auditing electroconvulsive therapy. The third cycle. British Journal of Psychiatry, 172, 401405.
Kellner, C. H., Fink, M., Knapp, R., et al (2005) Relief of expressed suicidal intent by ECT: a consortium for research in ECT study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 977982.
McCall, W., Prudic, J., Olfson, M., et al (2006) Health-related quality of life following ECT in a large community sample. Journal of Affective Disorders, 90, 269274.
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2003) TA59 Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): Guidance. NICE.
Rose, D., Fleischmann, P., Wykes, T., et al (2003) Patient's perspectives on electroconvulsive therapy: systematic review. BMJ, 326, 13631366.
Royal College of Psychiatrists (2005) The ECT Handbook (2nd edn) (Council Report CR128). Royal College of Psychiatrists.
UK ECT Review Group (2003) Efficacy and safety of electroconvulsive therapy in depressive disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet, 361, 799808.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
  • URL: /core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 45 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 84 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 2nd January 2018 - 18th July 2018. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Patient attitudes to electroconvulsive therapy

  • Gavin Rush (a1), Shane McCarron (a2) and James V. Lucey (a3)
Submit a response

eLetters

No eLetters have been published for this article.

×

Reply to: Submit a response


Your details


Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *