Study Continues To Support Use Of ECT In Geriatric Patients With Major Unipolar Depression

Medscape (8/31, Harrison) reports that “updated findings from the Prolonging Remission in Depressed Elderly (PRIDE) study,” which involves “approximately 240 patients…173 of whom have completed” the first phase, “continue to support the use of right unilateral electrode placement and ultrabrief pulse stimuli as an optimal means of achieving a rapid response, and even remittance, within a week of delivering three courses of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in geriatric patients with major unipolar depression.” The study results were presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress.

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