Is There a Change in Electroconvulsive Therapy Practice Following the New Mental Health Act 2014 in Victoria? A Study at a Metropolitan Mental Health Service
Partha Das, Karuppiah Jagadheesan, Frances Walker, Vinay Lakra, Nicola T Lautenschlager, Angelo Ferraro, Devapriya Rudolph
The Journal of ECT | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2019
OBJECTIVES: The main objective of our study was to examine whether there has been any change to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) practice since the new Mental Health Act 2014 (MHA) in a public metropolitan mental health service in Victoria. METHODS: This retrospective study examined any change in ECT rate following the new MHA. We compared sociodemographic, clinical, and ECT-related variables for patients treated before (July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014) and after (1st July 2014 and the 30th June 2015) the new MHA. RESULTS: A reduction of 11.15% in ECT use per 1000 admissions and 16.4% in ECT use per 100,000 persons was observed subsequent to the new MHA. Hospital legal status at admission pos..View full abstract
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This project was supported by the seed grant of Melbourne Health (QA2015156).