A retrospective chart audit of electroconvulsive therapy at a regional Australian hospital

Stormont, Barry, Diedricks, Angelo A., and Kidd, Garry (2016) A retrospective chart audit of electroconvulsive therapy at a regional Australian hospital. Australasian Psychiatry, 24 (5). pp. 493-496.

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Objectives: The objective of the current study was to provide a contemporary review of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) practice in Far North Queensland, Australia.

Method: Demographic, diagnostic and treatment characteristics were extracted from the hospital files of people who received ECT between 2011 and 2013. Data were quantitatively analysed and described.

Results: Depressive illnesses were the most common indicator for treatment. However, psychotic illnesses also made up a large proportion of treated cases. The technical aspects of treatment were commensurate with previous Australian findings except for the higher incidence of bifrontal ECT and maintenance treatment.

Conclusions: Further research is needed across Australia to determine whether the findings of the current study represent changes in Australian ECT practice.

Item ID: 41563
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1665
Keywords: electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), chart audit, Australia, Far North Queensland (FNQ), regional mental health
Funders: Queensland Health
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 04:06
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 70%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320221 Psychiatry (incl. psychotherapy) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 70%
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