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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34-38

ECT: Knowledge and attitude among patients and their relatives

Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh 160030, India

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B S Chavan
Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh 160030
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.31616

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Background: It is believed that people lack sound knowledge and appropriate attitude towards electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). However, very little systematic research has gone into this area. Aim: To examine the knowledge and attitude of patients and their relatives towards ECT. Methods: A 16-item questionnaire with satisfactory face validity and content validity was constructed and translated into Hindi. It was then administered to 89 patients and 83 relatives attending the psychiatry services in a major hospital in north India. Results: More than 65% of the respondents in both the groups-patients as well as relatives-gave correct responses such as ECT is life saving, many times it causes temporary but not permanent memory impairment and that ECT is not a non-scientific treatment. There was non-significant disagreement between the two groups. Conclusion: The study is a preliminary exploratory one and is likely to give direction for further research with refined methodology.



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