Journal article

Efficacy and cognitive effects of right unilateral electroconvulsive therapy

C Ng, I Schweitzer, P Alexopoulos, E Celi, L Wong, V Tuckwell, A Sergejew, J Tiller

JOURNAL OF ECT | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2000

Abstract

The efficacy, memory, and cognitive effects of right unilateral (RUL) electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at 2.5 times threshold in 32 inpatients with moderate to severe major depressive disorder were evaluated at baseline, during the course of treatment, and 1 month after treatment. Neuropsychological assessment included the Randt Memory Test, Personal Memory Test, short-version Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised, and Self-Rating Scale of Memory Functions. At the treatment end point, although the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale mean score was decreased by 54.2%. the response rate of 2.5 times threshold RUL ECT using stringent criteria was only 31.2%. Treatment was associated with signif..

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