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ECT efficacy and treatment course: A systematic review and meta-analysis of twice vs thrice weekly schedules

Charlson, Fiona; Siskind, Dan; Doi, Suhail; McCallum, Emily J; Broome, Annette; Lie, David C.


Background: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) guidelines, across various regulatory bodies, lack consensus as to the optimal frequency of treatment for individual patients. Some authors postulate that twice weekly ECT may have a similar efficacy to thrice weekly, and may have a lower risk of adverse cognitive outcomes. We did a systematic review and a meta-analysis to assess the strength of associations between ECT frequency and depression scores, duration of treatment, number of ECTs, and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Affective Disorders
DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2011.03.039


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