A survey of psychiatrists' attitudes toward electroconvulsive therapy

Joe M. Finch, Paul B. Sobin, Thomas J. Carmody, Amy P. DeWitt, Raj S. Shiwach

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Sixty-seven psychiatrists who were employed in state hospitals in Texas were surveyed about their attitudes toward use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and the laws and regulations associated with its use. The majority of respondents agreed with accepted professional guidelines on ECT usage and had a positive attitude toward ECT treatment. However, the number of referrals for ECT by these psychiatrists was low, perhaps due to the view that Texas laws and policies about ECT are restrictive and limiting to patient care. The majority of respondents indicated that more professional education about laws and policies related to ECT is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-265
Number of pages2
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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