Impact on psychiatric interns of watching live electroconvulsive treatment

Gabor Gazdag, Gábor Sebestyén, Gabor S. Ungvari, Judit Tolna

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Objective: Watching a live electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) has both positive and negative effects on spectators. The authors aim to survey the attitude change towards ECT in interns after watching a live ECT session. Methods: A 23-item questionnaire was administered to 66 interns before and after watching ECT. Results: In five statements, the number of answers indicating negative attitudes decreased significantly after viewing ECT. A general change in attitude towards ECT depended on the interns' knowledge about the treatment. In the group of interns claiming minimal knowledge about ECT, a positive attitude change toward ECT and an increase in the acceptance of ECT were found, while in the group with moderate self-rated knowledge no significant attitude change, but a decrease in acceptance, were detected. Conclusion: The visual information on ECT reduced the interns' negative attitudes, in general; however, acceptance of the treatment decreased in a subgroup of interns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-156
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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