Effects of ECT given two vs. three times weekly

McAllister, D. A. , Perri, M. G., Jordan, R. C., Rauscher, F. P. and Sattin, A. (1987) Effects of ECT given two vs. three times weekly. Psychiatry Research, 21(1), pp. 63-69. (doi:10.1016/0165-1781(87)90063-1) (PMID:3602221)

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Abstract

The benefits and side effects of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) given two vs. three times per week were examined in depressed inpatients. Twenty subjects were randomly assigned to one of two treatment conditions (unilateral ECT two or three times weekly). Examiners without knowledge of treatment condition rated depression and psychiatric status and administered tests of memory and visual-motor problem solving; subjects also provided self-ratings of depression. Measures were collected before treatment and 2 and 4 weeks after treatment began. Both schedules of treatment produced significant and equivalent improvements in psychiatric symptomatology, but visual memory impairment was significantly lower in the twice-weekly group.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McAllister, Dr David
Authors: McAllister, D. A., Perri, M. G., Jordan, R. C., Rauscher, F. P., and Sattin, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:Psychiatry Research
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0165-1781
ISSN (Online):1872-7123
Published Online:03 June 2002

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