Psychiatry registrar, University of Pretoria
Investigate and compare levels of knowledge and attitudes towards Electroconvulsive therapy between the various disciplines of mental health at a tertiary psychiatric hospital in South Africa
Abstract: Use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is influenced by the attitudes of the psychiatrists. The aim of this pilot survey was to assess the knowledge about and attitudes toward ECT in Romanian psychiatrists. Participants of a scientific meeting were requested to fill a 29-item questionnaire. Answers reflecting false concepts or negative attitudes toward ECT were more than 20% in 15 of 21 items, which highlights the urgent need to improve psychiatrists' education and training about ECT in Romania.
Pub.: 26 Aug '11, Pinned: 24 Oct '17
Abstract: Widespread negative attitudes toward electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are present in the general public and among heath care professionals. However, there is evidence to suggest that clinical experience and knowledge of ECT positively improve attitudes toward this treatment. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of an ECT education training program on attitudes toward ECT. Participants were 73 student nurses (91.8% women) and 21 care aid students (81.0% women) undertaking a 6-week rotation in psychiatry at a large provincial psychiatric hospital in British Columbia, Canada. The ECT education training program consisted of a brief lecture, viewing of an educational videotape, familiarization with the ECT equipment, and observation of an ECT treatment. Participants completed a short questionnaire pretraining and posttraining program. Attitudes toward ECT did not substantially differ between the 2 groups. For the entire sample, only 8.5% reported that they were well informed about ECT before the training session. More favorable attitudes were reported upon completion of the ECT education program compared with attitudes reported before training. These findings suggest that attitudes toward ECT increase favorably when individuals are provided with training and experience.
Pub.: 06 Jun '07, Pinned: 24 Oct '17
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the third-year psychiatric clerkship at the University of Texas on medical students' perception about and attitudes toward electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and to determine whether direct observation of the procedure by students impacts their attitudes differently than attendance of lectures only.All third-year medical students were asked to complete a survey regarding their opinions about ECT before and after their third-year psychiatry rotation, and they were asked whether they received the required didactic ECT training alone or also received adjunctive observation training.The opinions of students in both groups (observed plus didactic vs didactic only) improved significantly from prerotation to postrotation. However, the opinions of those who observed ECT improved more than those who did not. The groups differed on only 1 item before the rotation.Students in the observed plus didactic group had a more positive response to the items after rotation than did their peers. Given the effectiveness of ECT, it would be beneficial for all students to have exposure to observed ECT during their psychiatric rotation. This study should be replicated in other medical school settings. Future directions will focus on replicating the study but ensuring that students do not self-select into the observation group.
Pub.: 02 Jun '09, Pinned: 24 Oct '17
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