Objective: This article summarizes the publications in the Chinese scientific literature related to the technical parameters and mechanism of action associated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Methods: The researchers conducted a comprehensive search of the Chinese language literature identified from searches of the China National Knowledge Infrastructure and the Medline databases (1979–2012).
Results: More than 900 journal papers on ECT have been published in the Chinese language between 1979 and 2012. Most studies found that electrode placement, anesthesia, and muscle relaxants are important clinical factors associated with both clinical efficacy and adverse effects. Chinese researchers have reported new leads regarding the possible mechanism of ECT.
Conclusion: The Chinese medical literature provides an important database that will help advance ECT research in both China and the international community.