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J ECT. 2011 Sep;27(3):e55-6. doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e318214c576.

Attitudes toward electroconvulsive therapy in Romanian psychiatrists.

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  • 1Consultation-Liaison Psychiatric Service, Szent László Hospital, Budapest, Hungary.


Use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is influenced by the attitudes of the psychiatrists. The aim of this pilot survey was to assess the knowledge about and attitudes toward ECT in Romanian psychiatrists. Participants of a scientific meeting were requested to fill a 29-item questionnaire. Answers reflecting false concepts or negative attitudes toward ECT were more than 20% in 15 of 21 items, which highlights the urgent need to improve psychiatrists' education and training about ECT in Romania.

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