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J ECT. 1999 Dec;15(4):262-9.

A naturalistic review of maintenance ECT at a university setting.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, USA.


This is a naturalistic review of maintenance electroconvulsive therapy (MECT) during the first 4 1/2 years of a university ECT service. A total of 56 patients, ages 30-84, received MECT. Patients could be classified under five different clinical groups: major depression; bipolar disorder; combined depression and axis 2 disorder; Parkinson's disease plus depression; and schizophrenia. Effectiveness in the different groups and issues related to partial improvement or treatment failure are discussed.

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