ATLANTA – Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be effective for the treatment of schizophrenia, according to research presented at the 2016 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting.
The study examined the effectiveness of ECT in a large clinical sample of patients with schizophrenia and looked at factors associated with treatment response and adverse effects. Many previous studies have looked at use of older equipment and medications that do not reflect current practice.
Researchers, led by Tyler Kaster, M.D., with the University of Toronto, examined the clinical records of 144 patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who received ECT and determined treatment response and adverse cognitive effects. The researchers looked at several factors associated with response, such...Read More