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Effectiveness and pattern of use of continuation and maintenance electroconvulsive therapy.
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PMID:  23021297     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who require an acute course of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) have high relapse rates. Therefore, an effective maintenance treatment strategy needs to be established. Continuation and maintenance ECT (C/M-ECT) could be an adequate treatment option, although the lack of controlled studies has led to its usefulness being questioned. This review includes a detailed description of studies on the effectiveness/efficacy of ECT in MDD. Despite their methodological limitations, the results appear to support the idea that C/M-ECT would be a safe and effective alternative, especially in patients with severe and recurrent disease. Nevertheless, more controlled studies are needed to provide new evidence and allow a more accurate assessment of the efficacy, safety and pattern of use of C/M-ECT.
Erika Martínez-Amorós; Narcís Cardoner; Verònica Gálvez; Mikel Urretavizcaya
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revista de psiquiatria y salud mental     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1989-4600     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev Psiquiatr Salud Ment     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101528851     Medline TA:  Rev Psiquiatr Salud Ment     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG; SPA     Pagination:  241-253     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 SEP y SEPB. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.
Salut Mental Parc Taulí, Corporació Sanitària Universitària Parc Taulí, Sabadell. Institut Universitari Parc Taulí - UAB, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Barcelona, España. Electronic address:
Vernacular Title:
Eficacia y patrón de uso de la terapia electroconvulsiva de continuación y mantenimiento en el trastorno depresivo mayor.
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