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Subjective experience of electroconvulsive therapy

  • Susan M. Benbow (a1) and Joe Crentsil (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

People receiving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in one clinic completed side-effect rating questionnaires during treatment, and a questionnaire rating their experience of different aspects of treatment on completion of the treatment course.

Results

Side-effects were commonly reported, but predominantly rated as mild or moderate. Most people reported that ECT had made them a little or a lot better, and that the treatment had been fairly or very well explained. Fewer than a fifth of respondents rated ECT as slightly or much worse than going to the dentist.

Clinical Implications

We recommend routine monitoring of the subjective experience of ECT, during treatment and on completion of the course. Ratings should inform the treatment plan, the policies and procedures of the ECT clinic.

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American Psychiatric Association Task Force (2001) The Practice of Electroconvulsive Therapy. Recommendations for Treatment Training and Privileging. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
Benbow, S. M. (1988) Patients' views on electroconvulsive therapy on completion of a course of treatment. Convulsive Therapy, 4, 146152.
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2003) Technology Appraisal 59. Guidance on the Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy. London: NICE.
Rose, D., Fleischmann, P., Wykes, T. et al (2003) Patients' perspectives on electroconvulsive therapy: systematic review. BMJ, 326, 1363.
UK ECT Review Group (2003) Efficacy and safety of electroconvulsive therapy in depressive disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet, 361, 799808.
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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Subjective experience of electroconvulsive therapy

  • Susan M. Benbow (a1) and Joe Crentsil (a2)
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