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The use of electroconvulsive therapy in old age psychiatry
Author(s)Susan Mary Benbow
Journal titleInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol 2, no 1, Jan-Mar 1987
Pagespp 25-30
KeywordsDepression ; Psychiatric treatment.
AnnotationAll patients receiving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) under the care of the Old Age Psychiatry service at the University Hospital of South Manchester between 1976 and 1982 were studied. Data on 193 courses were collected. Eighty per cent of patients were well or considerably improved at discharge. When relapses occurred they usually responded well to antidepressant treatment and did not indicate a poor outcome in the long term. The results confirm that ECT is a safe and effective treatment for elderly patients with severe depressive illnesses, despite the fact that many of them suffer from concurrent physical problems and that some have evidence of intellectual impairment.
Accession NumberCPA-930826069
ClassmarkENR: LP

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