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July 18, 2007

Electroconvulsive Therapy: Evidence and Challenges

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, Stony Brook University (Dr Fink), Department of Psychiatry, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, Illinois, and Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor (Dr Taylor).

JAMA. 2007;298(3):330-332. doi:10.1001/jama.298.3.330

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a treatment for severe psychiatric illnesses. In 2001, a JAMA editorial1 accompanying a report2 of continuation medication treatments after ECT reviewed the evidence for efficacy, the risks of relapse, and the controversies in electrode placement and memory effects. Additional studies warrant another look at this treatment.

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