Electroconvulsive Therapy - Guidelines for Health Authorities in British Columbia

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Electroconvulsive therapy
Patient education
Quality assurance

The purpose of these guidelines for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT Guidelines) is to standardize the delivery of electroconvulsive therapy services across British Columbia. There will be differences in the way care is delivered according to local resources, but good basic care must be available wherever ECT is provided.

These guidelines cover patient and family education, clinical applications of ECT by physicians, nurses, and anesthetists, as well as suggestions for charting, professional education, and quality assurance programs.

Disclaimer: This document appears here with permission from the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the BC Ministry of Health. The material is only current to the date of initial publication. New, more accurate, information may be available. For completeness, please investigate the most recent details on this topic.

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