Journal article

Knowledge and Attitudes of Patients and Their Relatives Toward Electroconvulsive Therapy in China

Yang Li, Feng-Rong An, Hui Zhu, Helen FK Chiu, Gabor S Ungvari, Chee H Ng, Kelly YC Lai, Yu-Tao Xiang



PURPOSE: To examine the knowledge and attitudes of patients and their relatives as well as patients' subjective experience with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in China. DESIGN AND METHODS: Up to 420 responders including patients receiving ECT (n = 210) and their relatives (n = 210) were assessed with self-reported questionnaires. FINDINGS: Patients and their relatives did not receive adequate information before ECT, particularly about the mode of its delivery, risks, and adverse effects. The most common adverse effect of ECT reported by patients was memory impairment. Both patients and their relatives had positive attitudes toward ECT and appeared satisfied with its therapeutic effects. PRA..

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Awarded by National Science Foundation of China

Awarded by Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission

Funding Acknowledgements

The study was supported in part by grants from the National Science Foundation of China (Nos. 30800367, 30770776, 81171270) and the Beijing Nova Program of the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission (No. 2008B59).