Demographic and clinical profile of patients with dementia receiving electroconvulsive therapy a case-control study

Q.E. Zhang, S. Sha, Gabor Ungvari, H.F.K. Chiu, C.H. Ng, H.B. He, B.P. Forester, Y.T. Xiang

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    Abstract

    © Copyright 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.Purpose: Little is known about the clinical characteristics of patientswith dementia receiving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for the treatment of behavioral symptoms. This study examined the demographic and clinical profile of patients with dementia receiving ECT in China. Methods: This was a retrospective, case-control study. The sample was composed of 23 patients with dementia treated with ECT and 71 sexand age-matched controls treated for a period of 8 years (2007-2014) at the National Clinical Research Centre of Mental Disorders, China. Sociodemographic and clinical data were collected from the electronic chart management system. Results: Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that ECTwas independently associated with high risk for suicide at admission. The recorded indications for ECT included both high risk for suicide and aggressive behavior. Most patients responded to ECT satisfactorily (56.5%) or partially (34.8%) with only mild-moderate transient memory impairment (30.4%). Conclusions: Although this is a preliminary study limited by the retrospective design and small sample size, findings suggest that ECT is an effective and safe therapeutic intervention to reduce the risk for suicide and aggressive behavior in dementia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)183-186
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of ECT
    Volume32
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2016

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