Safety and utility of acute electroconvulsive therapy for agitation and aggression in dementia.

@article{Acharya2015SafetyAU,
  title={Safety and utility of acute electroconvulsive therapy for agitation and aggression in dementia.},
  author={Deepa D. Acharya and David G C Harper and Wolfgang Schwede and Stephen J. Seiner and Jack A Mahdasian and Louis J Nykamp and Lesley Adkison and Lori Van der Schuur White and Shawn M. McClintock and Manjola Ujkaj and Donald A. Davidoff and Brent P. Forester},
  journal={International journal of geriatric psychiatry},
  year={2015},
  volume={30 3},
  pages={265-73}
}
OBJECTIVE Agitation and aggression are among the most frequent and disruptive behavioral complications of dementia that contribute to increased cost of care, hospitalization, caregiver burden, and risk of premature institutionalization. This current study examined the safety and efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) as a treatment for behavioral disturbances in dementia. We hypothesized that ECT would result in reduced agitated and aggressive behaviors between baseline and discharge… CONTINUE READING
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