Electroconvulsive therapy practice in Serbia today

Zeljko Spiric, Zvezdana Stojanovic, Radomir Samardzic, Srdjan Milovanović, G. Gazdag, Nadja P. Marić

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Abstract

This is the first survey of the practice of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the Republic of Serbia. A retrospective chart review was undertaken including all patients having received ECT in Serbia in 2012. Only one center in Serbia offered ECT in 2012 to a total of 54 patients (54% women). Thirty-six (36) patients received acute ECT treatment and eighteen (18) patients maintenance ECT, yielding a ECT utilization rate of 0.05/100.000 population. ECT was delivered with a modern square-wave (brief pulse) machine with EEG and ECG monitoring. In all cases the electrode placement was bifrontal and treatment modified (with anesthesia). The most frequent indication was recurrent depressive disorder (66.7%) for both acute and maintenance treatment. The limited availability of ECT in Serbia raises serious concerns. Provision of updated and effective treatment modalities for severe psychiatric disorders is crucial and the need for additional ECT services in Serbia is urgent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-69
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatria Danubina
Volume26
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Serbia
Electroconvulsive Therapy
Therapeutics
Depressive Disorder
Psychiatry
Electroencephalography
Electrocardiography
Electrodes
Anesthesia
Maintenance

Keywords

  • Brief pulse
  • Electroconvulsive therapy - ECT - Serbia - survey
  • Major depressive disorder

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Spiric, Z., Stojanovic, Z., Samardzic, R., Milovanović, S., Gazdag, G., & Marić, N. P. (2014). Electroconvulsive therapy practice in Serbia today. Psychiatria Danubina, 26(1), 66-69.

Electroconvulsive therapy practice in Serbia today. / Spiric, Zeljko; Stojanovic, Zvezdana; Samardzic, Radomir; Milovanović, Srdjan; Gazdag, G.; Marić, Nadja P.

In: Psychiatria Danubina, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2014, p. 66-69.

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Spiric, Z, Stojanovic, Z, Samardzic, R, Milovanović, S, Gazdag, G & Marić, NP 2014, 'Electroconvulsive therapy practice in Serbia today', Psychiatria Danubina, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 66-69.
Spiric Z, Stojanovic Z, Samardzic R, Milovanović S, Gazdag G, Marić NP. Electroconvulsive therapy practice in Serbia today. Psychiatria Danubina. 2014;26(1):66-69.
Spiric, Zeljko ; Stojanovic, Zvezdana ; Samardzic, Radomir ; Milovanović, Srdjan ; Gazdag, G. ; Marić, Nadja P. / Electroconvulsive therapy practice in Serbia today. In: Psychiatria Danubina. 2014 ; Vol. 26, No. 1. pp. 66-69.
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