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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 362-365

Research on electroconvulsive therapy in India: An overview

1 Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore - 560 029, India
2 Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University of School of Medicine, Connecticut Mental Health Centre (CMHC), New Haven, Connecticut, USA

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Jagadisha Thirthalli
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental, Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore - 560 029
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.69268

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The contribution of researchers from India in the field of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been substantial. Over 250 papers have been published by authors from India in the past five decades on this issue; about half of these have appeared in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry. This article summarizes the papers on ECT research that have appeared in the Journal. A bulk of these articles has focused on establishing the efficacy in different disorders. Considerable numbers of papers describe refinement in the ECT procedure, including anesthetic modification, ECT machine and EEG monitoring. Papers on neurobiology of ECT and long-term follow-up of ECT-treated patients form a minority. Despite the decline in the use of ECT across the globe, papers on ECT have only increased in the recent decades in the Journal.



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