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CR176. The ECT Handbook (3rd edn)


Price: £45.00

Approved: Sep 2012

Published: May 2013

Status: current

Number of pages: 244

Review by: Sep 2017

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The ECT Handbook (3rd edn)This presents the latest clinical guidelines on the prescription and practical administration of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). It clarifies the place of ECT in contemporary practice and reviews the evidence for its efficacy. The ECT Handbook is an essential reference manual for all psychiatrists, for anaesthetists and nurses who work in ECT clinics, for everyone professionally involved in caring for patients for whom ECT may be recommended, and for second-opinion appointed doctors working for the Care Quality Commission.

  • Substantially revised to take account of new research.
  • Covers issues of capacity and consent.
  • New chapters on the mode of action of ECT, cognitive adverse effects, dental effects, other brain stimulation techniques and patient and carer perspectives.
  • New evidence of the benefits and risks of unilateral v. bilateral electrode placement.
  • Reflects changes in mental health and mental capacity legislation since the second edition.

To view the full contents list for this report, please see our book information page on The ECT Handbook (3rd edition).


Please note this report replaces the following older reports:
CR128: The ECT Handbook (2nd edn)
CR73: Guidance for Health Care Commissioners for an ECT Service
CR39: The ECT Handbook (1st edn)

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ISBN for CR176:
978-1-908020-58-1