Small Study: Older Patients Among Those Most Likely To Achieve Rapid Response To ECT For Depression

Medscape (3/7, Bender) reported that a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry suggests that “older patients are among those most likely to achieve rapid remission of depressive symptoms with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).” The 120-patient “study, which examined demographic and clinical features of patients with different treatment response to ECT, revealed few differences between groups other than a statistically significantly higher mean age in those achieving rapid remission (65.3 years) than in the group with improved symptoms without remission (57.6 years) or in those without improvement (51.5 years).”

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