New NICE Guidelines for ECT Are Dangerously Inadequate, Say 50 Patients and Professionals

Written by Chris Harrop. Originally published on 17/01/2022 by MAD in the UK


While there has been little (if any) sign of interest in reviewing ECT practices and guidelines in Canada, a group in the UK has been actively campaigning for some time.

This opening paragraph from a blog, posted by MAD in the UK, describes some of their actions and progress.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is still given to approximately 2,500 people in England annually. A course of ECT consists of 6-12 sessions in which an electric current is applied to the brain, causing a seizure. NICE Guidelines in 2003 noted that there was very limited evidence for the effectiveness or safety of this procedure, and made an urgent call for more research. More recently, 26 MPs, including the shadow minister for Mental Health, Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan, have called for an independent enquiry into the practice and regulation of ECT.

Read the entire post here.