Electroconvulsive therapyBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7415.621-a (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:621
NICE guidance may deny many patients treatment that they might benefit from
- Catherine Cole, specialist registrar in psychiatry,
- Robert Tobiansky, consultant old age psychiatrist (email@example.com)
EDITOR—Carney and Geddes predict that most parties will be reasonably satisfied with the appraisal of electroconvulsive therapy by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).1 2 Our clinical experience is that many patients who may benefit from electroconvulsive therapy will be denied it under these guidelines.
Apparently, the NICE appraisal panel did not include a single psychiatrist, which may partly …