Monthly Archives: September 2010

ECT patients are getting older

Or rather, in the United Kingdom, ECT use on younger people is declining more rapidly than it is on older people. Thirty years ago, when the last detailed survey of ECT use in Britain was carried out, the average age … Continue reading

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SOAD requests

Last year (April 2009 to March 2010) the English trust which made most requests for a SOAD (Second Opinion Appointed Doctor) to authorise the use of ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) on a non-consenting patient was the North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation … Continue reading

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Variation in ECT use

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)¬†has been identified as one of the highest-variation procedures in medicine. Some psychiatrists don’t use it at all, some use it sparingly, others use a large amount. You won’t though¬†find this lack of consensus reflected in the literature, … Continue reading

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Volts, amps and seconds: how ECT has changed

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was first used in the 1930s. Since that time there have been great advances in medical technology (and in understanding of the brain) but ECT has not changed much. People are given an electric shock just as … Continue reading

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