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ECT in Scotland 2016

This week (14 November 2017) the Scottish ECT Accreditation Network (SEAN) published their annual report on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Scotland. In 2016 in Scotland 344 people received 408 courses of ECT, compared to 367 and 448 … Continue reading

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ECT in the Swedish National Quality Register

When John Read and co-authors were recently researching the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in England they had to send out requests for information to individual trusts (a hospital or group of hospitals) under the Freedom of Information Act. Some trusts … Continue reading

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The Sacklers

I recently listened to an entertaining talk by economist Ha-Joon Chang. He was quite critical about economists and at the end of his talk he lamented the fact that they could get things spectacularly wrong without it damaging their reputation. He … Continue reading

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The best laid schemes…

“… one participant (ECT) fell asleep during the fMRI scan” The scans were being conducted by Kamilla Miskowiak and colleagues in Copenhagen, Denmark (Neural response after a single ECT session during retrieval of emotional self-referent words in depression: a randomized, … Continue reading

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ECT in England 2011-2015

The journal of the British Psychological Society, Psychology and Psychotherapy: theory, research and practice, has published an article about the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in England (An audit of ECT in England 2011-2015: Usage, demographics, and adherence to guidelines … Continue reading

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Bismarck, wet leaves, cheap wine, and a nun

Last month (September 2017) the National Health Service in England issued official guidance for general practitioners (GPs) on older people and mental health (Mental Health in Older People: A Practice Primer). The guidance is written by four psychiatrists and a … Continue reading

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Electroconvulsive therapy in the Huffington Post

The Huffington Post yesterday (4th October 2017) ran an advertisement for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at the McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachussetts, USA, psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School and “ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report”. “The truth about electroconvulsive therapy” … Continue reading

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