Category Archives: ECT worldwide

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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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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Maintenance ECT in Victoria, Australia

In my last post I looked at the high use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Victoria, Australia, and in particular its high use on people without their consent. Last year an article published in the journal Epilepsia provided a glimpse … 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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ECT given to young child(ren) in England

In England the NHS publishes statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Unfortunately, because many hospitals do not report their use of ECT, the statistics only pick up a fraction of ECT used, probably about a fifth to a … Continue reading

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ECT and young people in China

China accounts for over one sixth of the world’s population, but it generally does not receive much attention in discussions on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Such discussions generally centre on its use in Western countries, especially English-speaking ones, with only … Continue reading

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ECT in Scotland, Texas and Queensland

There are few places in the world that collect and publish reasonably accurate statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy. Scotland and Texas, USA, publish annual reports on the use of ECT; Queensland, Australia, recently published some statistics in response … Continue reading

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