Indian group seeks ban on use of electroconvulsive therapy without anaesthesia

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 06 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:806
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    A voluntary medical organisation in India has urged the Indian Supreme Court to ban the use of electroconvulsive therapy without anaesthesia in mentally ill patients, a practice that some Indian psychiatrists say is sometimes unavoidable.

    The request, which also seeks to make informed consent mandatory in all electroconvulsive therapy procedures, comes after nearly a decade of concern among doctors that electroconvulsive therapy is overused in India and often administered without anaesthesia.

    “All we're asking for is that all psychiatrists should follow good practice guidelines,” said Dr Achal Bhagat, …

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