Electroconvulsive therapy practice in Poland

G. Gazdag, Danuta Palinska, Iwona Kloszewska, Tomas Sobow

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Objective: The aim of the study reported herein was to determine the characteristics of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) practice in Poland. METHOD: A 20-item questionnaire was sent to all Polish inpatient psychiatric facilities including all academic centers, general hospital psychiatric wards and psychiatric institutions. RESULTS: Each of the 58 departments (100%) replied by mail or by phone. A total of 25 departments indicated the use of ECT, but only in 20 departments was it administered regularly. Altogether, 435 patients (0.79% of all inpatients) were treated with ECT in Poland during 2005. The main indications of ECT were affective disorders. Bitemporal electrode placement was used twice or 3 times a week in each setting. Anesthesia was usually induced either with thiopental or propofol. The wide variations in the investigations for pre-ECT evaluation reflect the lack of a generally accepted ECT protocol in Poland. CONCLUSION: The rate of ECT use in Poland is among the lowest in the Central-East European region, which raises the possibility that many patients who otherwise would greatly benefit from ECT do not receive this treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-38
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of ECT
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

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Electroconvulsive Therapy
Poland
Psychiatry
Inpatients
Thiopental
Postal Service
Propofol
Mood Disorders
General Hospitals
Electrodes
Anesthesia

Keywords

  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Poland
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine(all)

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Electroconvulsive therapy practice in Poland. / Gazdag, G.; Palinska, Danuta; Kloszewska, Iwona; Sobow, Tomas.

In: Journal of ECT, Vol. 25, No. 1, 03.2009, p. 34-38.

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Gazdag, G, Palinska, D, Kloszewska, I & Sobow, T 2009, 'Electroconvulsive therapy practice in Poland', Journal of ECT, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 34-38. https://doi.org/10.1097/YCT.0b013e3181794690
Gazdag, G. ; Palinska, Danuta ; Kloszewska, Iwona ; Sobow, Tomas. / Electroconvulsive therapy practice in Poland. In: Journal of ECT. 2009 ; Vol. 25, No. 1. pp. 34-38.
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