A member asked:

Is there an ethics of electroconvulsive therapy?

7 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. James Fox answered

Yes: Every physician takes an oath: "first, do no harm". Ect is traditionally reserved for the most severe and intractable forms of psychiatric illness and is most effective in treating depression. Patients with certain medical conditions are excluded (including heart problems among others) and every patient is given informed consent where the benefits and risks of treatment are explained.

Answered 11/27/2017


Dr. Idan Sharon answered

Specializes in Neurology

ECT: Ect is done today in an ethical and safe manner. It received a "bad name" in the past through movies and the way it may have been done decades ago. It is effective and a good option.

Answered 10/7/2016


Dr. Brian Lynch answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Electroshock: The straightforward answer is the ethics of a physician dictates that you choose the best and most appropriate therapy , to the best of your knowledge, to treat your patient. You first "do no harm."i.

Answered 10/7/2016



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