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

ECT: Knowledge and attitude among patients and their relatives


BS Chavan, Suresh Kumar, Priti Arun, Chander Bala, Tushar Singh 
 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
India

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.


How to cite this article:
Chavan B S, Kumar S, Arun P, Bala C, Singh T. ECT: Knowledge and attitude among patients and their relatives.Indian J Psychiatry 2006;48:34-38


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Chavan B S, Kumar S, Arun P, Bala C, Singh T. ECT: Knowledge and attitude among patients and their relatives. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2006 [cited 2021 Oct 26 ];48:34-38
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