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by Dr Allan Scott and
Dr Henna Vatts
Last updated: October 2016
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is not a
treatment of last resort. Indeed, it is of concern that some
contemporary patients have been significantly depressed for several
years before being prescribed ECT.
It is still the single most efficacious
treatment for depressive illness, and has an important place
in the management of certain other psychiatric illnesses that have
proven resistant to other treatments. Nevertheless, the
prescription of ECT is not an everyday occurrence for the
The purpose of this module is to guide the
prescriber through the process with reference to the latest
evidence and recommendations about ECT.
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