Patient satisfaction with electroconvulsive therapy

Mayo Clin Proc. 1999 Oct;74(10):967-71. doi: 10.4065/74.10.967.


Objective: To determine whether patients who have electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are satisfied with their treatment and demonstrate more favorable attitudes about ECT compared with controls.

Patients and methods: We developed a 44-item survey measuring ECT treatment satisfaction and attitudes. The survey was administered to 24 psychiatric inpatients near the end of ECT treatment and 2 weeks later. A modified survey was administered to 24 outpatient controls who had never received ECT and who were recruited from a psychiatry clinic waiting room.

Results: Patients who received ECT had positive attitudes about it. For example, 21 (91%) of 24 patient respondents endorsed the statement, "I am glad that I received ECT." Attitude score was significantly higher for the ECT group compared with controls. A higher degree of satisfaction was associated with a higher level of education and younger age.

Conclusions: Patients who received ECT were satisfied with their treatment and had more favorable attitudes about it than patients who did not receive this treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires