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The practice of consenting to electroconvulsive therapy in the European union.
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PMID:  22343577     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVES: To survey major aspects of obtaining informed consent to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the countries of the European Union.
METHODS: Leading professionals in the field of biological psychiatry in all European Union countries and Norway and Switzerland were approached by e-mail asking about the national practice of obtaining consent to ECT including the form of consent, the legality of consent by proxy, and consent to anesthesia and maintenance treatment.
RESULTS: A considerable diversity was found across Europe regarding consent to ECT. In Slovenia and Luxembourg, ECT is not available at all. Informed consent is needed in written form in most European countries except for Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Slovakia, where verbal consent is sufficient. Italy, Ireland, and Latvia are stricter in their approach because separate written consent is required before each ECT session.
CONCLUSION: The practice of obtaining informed consent varies from country to country reflecting the individual European Union countries' jurisdiction and their sociocultural traditions as well as their different development of psychiatric services. In line with the increasing cooperation in health care, developing a unified way of obtaining consent for ECT is recommended.
Gábor Gazdag; Rozália Takács; Gabor S Ungvari; Pascal Sienaert
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of ECT     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1533-4112     ISO Abbreviation:  J ECT     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808943     Medline TA:  J ECT     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  4-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
From the *Consultation-Liaison Psychiatric Service, Szent István and Szent László Hospitals; †Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Medicine, Semmeweis University, Budapest, Hungary; ‡The University of Notre Dame Australia/Marian Centre, Perth, Australia; and §ECT Department, University Psychiatric Center, Catholic University of Leuven, Campus Kortenberg, Kortenberg, Belgium.
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