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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Last update: 31 October 2013,
by Maureen Bell



I have included links to the full text of some books and reports on this page.

For practice guidelines related to the use of electroconvulsive therapy click here.

Further lists of books and journal articles relating to ECT can be found on my bibliographies and reading lists page.


The ECT Handbook (Second edition): The Third Report of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Special Committee on ECT (June 2005)
Council Report CR128 of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This report presents the latest clinical guidelines for psychiatrists who prescribe electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and practitioners who administer it. It clarifies the place of ECT in contemporary practice and reviews the evidence for its efficacy.

ECT in Scotland: A Guide to Electroconvulsive Therapy: The Latest Evidence
This ECT guide is produced by the Scottish ECT Accreditation Network (SEAN), and is designed to give an impartial presentation of the current evidence and advice on ECT for patients, carers and the lay person.

ECT On-Line (Part of Psychiatry On-line)
Actually an electronic online journal.

Electroconvulsive Therapy Accreditation Service (ECTAS)
The ECT Accreditation Service was launched in May 2003. Its purpose is to assure and improve the quality of the administration of ECT in the UK. Participating clinics undergo a process of self- and peer-review, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Education, Training and Standards Committee awards an accreditation rating to clinics that meet essential standards.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Information for patients from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Electroconvulsive therapy: ECT
From the Mayo Clinic.

Electroconvulsive therapy - HealthInsite
HealthInsite is funded by the Department of Health and Ageing. It aims to improve the health of Australians by providing easy access to quality information.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (PubMed Central)
Free journal articles on ECT from PubMed Central.

NZ Ministry of Health: Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
A number of documents about the use of ECT in New Zealand.