Ottosson and fink certainly changed my mind regarding the ethics of ect currently the acceptable protocol is the employ ect only when all other interventions have failed after reading ethics in electroconvulsive therapy i think readers will be impressed with the citations and the clinical scenarios. Although electroconvulsive therapy is widely considered a controversial therapy it has survived for 70 years and usage has even increased in scandinavian countries ect is given on an equal footing with drugs and psychotherapy to psychiatric patients while in the united states and some other european countries there are social impediments to its use. Unfortunately electroconvulsive therapy ect meets none of these conditions in fact to the horror of truly ethical physicians there are several recent instances in the united states of the involuntary administration of ect over the expressed repeated wishes of the patient 3 the issue is rather simple. Few mental illness treatments are more reviled in the public mind than electroconvulsive shock therapy however in reality ect is a safe and effective treatment for cases of clinical depression and catatonia that are unresponsive to drug therapy also unlike drugs ect has relatively few side effects the authors argue that it is time for this historically stigmatized procedure to be . Pubmed was searched for articles related to the ethical conduct of research of ect using the terms ethics conduct of research and electroconvulsive therapy or ect we searched for relevant articles that address ethics of research of ect in adults using modern ect techniques that are published in english
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