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Electroconvulsive therapy in Texas 2017

The Texas Department of State Health Services have recently published their annual statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Texas is one of the few places worldwide that collect and publish statistics on ECT use. Texas counts “reports” rather … Continue reading

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ECT news in Queensland

Queensland, Australia, seems to feature frequently on this blog, considering it is not a very large place (population about 4.7 million). It has a high use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), both with and without consent. The latest case to hit … Continue reading

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ECT and the machine that wasn’t switched on

On 22 January 2018 the Birmingham Mail published an obituary of Tamworth GP Dr John Weston Smith, who had died aged 95. The obituary mentioned that he had provided anaesthesia for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at St. Matthews Hospital in Burntwood. … Continue reading

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ECT and narcosis on Buzzfeed

On March 17 2018 Buzzfeed published a story by news reporter Hannah Al-Othman about a woman who in 1972 had undergone narcosis and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Eleanor (not her real name) had been 22 … Continue reading

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Two views on ECT, memory loss and consent

The open-access journal Life Sciences, Society and Policy has recently published an article about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) by Patrick Seniuk, a doctoral student at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden (“I’m shocked: informed consent in ECT and the phenomenological-self”). The author sets … Continue reading

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ECT without consent in England 2016/17

Somewhat belatedly (such reports usually come out in November) the Care Quality Commission (CQC) yesterday, 27 February 2018, published its annual report on the monitoring of the Mental Health Act in England. The report covers the period April 2015 to … Continue reading

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ECT in the United States – how often is it used (more recent information)?

I have written before about the lack of information on the rate of use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the United States (ECT in the US – how often is it used). An estimate of 100,000 people a year dating … Continue reading

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