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Kari Ann Leiknes, Lindy Jarosh-von Schweder and Bjørg Høie Contemporary use and practice of electroconvulsive therapy worldwide Brain and Behavior 2

Version of Record online: 20 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/brb3.37

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The focus of this systematic review is on contemporary (from 1990) use and practice of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) worldwide. Seventy studies were included: 7 from Australia and New Zealand, 3 Africa, 12 North and Latin America, 33 Europe and 15 Asia. Many patients are still ECT treated without anesthesia today. Large global variation in ECT utilization, administration and practice advocate a need for worldwide sharing of knowledge about ECT, reflection, and learning from each other experiences.

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