Category Archives: ECT without consent

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 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 New Zealand and Queensland, 2016

Queensland, Australia, and New Zealand have similar-sized populations – about 4.7 million – and their psychiatrists share a professional body, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. But use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is very different in the … Continue reading

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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 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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ECT without consent in Victoria, Australia

The Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, has today (14 August 2017) been hearing a case involving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) brought by Victoria Legal Aid.  Two people who did not want ECT had the treatment ordered by the Mental Health Tribunal, … Continue reading

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ECTAS survey 2016/17

Earlier this month (July 2017) the Royal College of Psychiatrists published the results of a survey of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) use in 71 clinics in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. They found that two thirds of the … Continue reading

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