Mean hospital stay and treatment with electroconvulsive therapy

A. Palomo, J. R. Fortuny, C. Vidal, R. García, E. Bonet

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Abstract

Introduction. The objective is to analyze if the mean hospital stay is less than the episodes or not in which electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is applied. Methods. With a retrospective design, we studied a sample of 30 patients in whom ECT was applied between 1996 and 2001. These patients were suffering a disorder for which ECT has been shown to be effective (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression). Each one of the episodes (n = 185) of these patients was studied, comparing the length of stay in the hospital in these patients in which ECT was applied (n = 135) with those where it was not (n = 50). Statistical analysis was carried out by non-parametric Mann-Whitney-U tests. The descriptive level of statistical significance was established at p < 0.05. Results. This work shows statistically significant differences between the treatment groups (p = 0.000), the length of stay being longer when ECT is applied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-209
Number of pages5
JournalActas Espanolas de Psiquiatria
Volume33
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Efficacy
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Length of stay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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