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Ultrabrief Pulse ECT Offers Similar Benefit to Standard ECT With Fewer Side Effects

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is known to be a highly efficacious treatment for depression, but it has been associated with cognitive side effects in patients. A meta-analysis of studies published online today in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry suggests that ultrabrief pulse stimulation is almost as effective as standard brief pulse ECT with fewer side effects.ECT has historically been administered with brief pulses (1 ms in width). While some studies suggest ECT delivered with ultrabrief pulses (0.25-0.37 ms) may show similar rates of efficacy as the standard method, others have produced...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Tuesday, 21 July, 2015

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