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J ECT. 2012 Sep;28(3):e41-2. doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e31825683f7.

Audit of thrice- versus twice-weekly ECT.

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  • 1Cluain Mhuire Community Mental Health Service, Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland. ectoroche@gmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There is a lack of knowledge regarding some basic differences between different electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatment schedules.

OBJECTIVES:

To examine differences, including ECT technical parameters and length of stay, between thrice- and twice-weekly ECT treatment schedules.

METHODS:

Prospective audit of the changeover period of administering thrice- to twice-weekly ECT in a Dublin psychiatric hospital.

RESULTS:

Twice-weekly ECT was associated with significantly lower total electricity dosage administered, a tendency toward shorter overall hospital stay and fewer ECT treatments compared to thrice-weekly ECT.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our results support the current international trend toward giving ECT twice weekly.

PMID:
22914640
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