ECT: what is it, what should it be used to treat and is it effective?
An audit of UK electroconvulsive therapy services has highlighted questions around its use
- ECT, where an electric current is passed across the patient’s head causing a controlled seizure, is used to treat some severe mental conditions
- There have been calls for an independent review of the treatment, with some even saying it should be suspended immediately
- ECT nurses and others say the treatment is much changed from its controversial image of decades ago, and for some patients it has a dramatic positive impact
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) remains a controversial treatment.
While practices are much changed from the 1950s and 60s, when it was used without anaesthetic and often without
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