Electro-convulsive therapy practices in the community

  title={Electro-convulsive therapy practices in the community},
  author={Joan Prudic and Mark Olfson and Harold A. Sackeim},
  journal={Psychological Medicine},
  pages={929 - 934}
Background. Controlled studies have demonstrated that variations in electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) technique impacts on efficacy and cognitive side effects. However, there is little information on the extent of variation in how ECT is practiced in community settings in the United States. Methods. A survey of practice patterns was conducted at ECT facilities in the greater New York City metropolitan area. Results. The 59 facilities varied considerably in many aspects of ECT practice, often… 

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