Electroconvulsive therapy.

  title={Electroconvulsive therapy.},
  author={Murray W Enns and J. Philipp Rei\ss},
  journal={Canadian journal of psychiatry. Revue canadienne de psychiatrie},
  volume={37 10},
ECT has well defined indications, demonstrated efficacy and safety, well characterized side-effects, and established standards for practice. The decision to use ECT in the treatment of a patient is a medical one, based on the psychiatrist’s assessment of the patient’s illness and an evaluation of the merits and risks of ECT, compared with alternative treatments. Similar to all medical procedures, the use of ECT requires informed consent from the patient or a substituted decision maker. 

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