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Electroconvulsive therapy

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:621

Conflicting advice confuses prescribers

  1. Rob Evans, specialist registrar in adult psychiatry (,
  2. P C Naik, consultant psychiatrist,
  3. S Alikhan, senior house officer in psychiatry
  1. Lyndon Resource Centre, Hobs Meadow, Solihull B92 8PY

    EDITOR—Carney and Geddes highlight the conflicting advice on the use of electroconvulsive therapy by two influential bodies, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.1 The NICE guidelines restrict the use of electroconvulsive therapy while the royal college argues for wider inclusion criteria. The NICE guidelines …

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