A Comparative Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Spaced V/s Daily Electroconvulsive Therapy in Schizophrenia

Abstract

In spite oi" the continuing advances in the pharmacotherapy ECT remains an extremely useful and often indispensable treatment for the so-called functional psychoses. It was noted in J . J . Hospital, Bombay that a large number of patients come to O.P.D. from far-off places and have to be admitted for the course of ECTs even if they could otherwise be managed as out-door patients. It was, therefore, imperative to find a way whereby we could cut short the duration of hospitalisation, without compromising the quality of treatment. One way of doing this was administering ECTs at a more frequent pace (daily). Consequently a study was undertaken to compare the results of daily ECTs with the traditional spaced ECTs in two matched groups of Schizophrenics with the following aims : (1) To determine the efficacy of daily ECT programme vis-a-vis traditional spaced ECT programme. (2) To find out whether the confusion resulting from daily ECTs hampers the patient's ability to look after his simple daily routine and if so to what extent and in what percentage' of cases.

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@inproceedings{Deshmukh1980ACS, title={A Comparative Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Spaced V/s Daily Electroconvulsive Therapy in Schizophrenia}, author={D. K. Deshmukh and Kauimarz Sethna and Rohan Nagesh and Rahul M. Haridas and Suhas V. Patankar}, booktitle={Indian journal of psychiatry}, year={1980} }