Original ArticlesMedical Student Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding ECT Prior to and After Viewing ECT Scenes from MoviesWalter, Garry M.D.*†; McDonald, Andrew M.D.‡; Rey, Joseph M. M.D., Ph.D.†; Rosen, Alan M.D.†Author Information *Central Sydney Mental Health Services, Sydney; †Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia; and ‡Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, England Received September 5, 2001; accepted October 22, 2001. Address correspondence Dr. G. Walter, Rivendell Unit, Hospital Rd., Concord West, NSW 2138, Australia. E-mail: [email protected] The Journal of ECT: March 2002 - Volume 18 - Issue 1 - p 43-46 Buy Abstract We surveyed samples of medical students in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and Australia, prior to their psychiatry placement, to ascertain views about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and the effect on those views of watching ECT scenes in movies. A 26-item questionnaire was constructed by the authors and administered to the students. At set times during the questionnaire, students were asked to view five movie clips showing, or making reference to, ECT. The clips were from Return to Oz, The Hudsucker Proxy, Ordinary People, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Beverly Hillbillies. Ninety-four students participated in the study. Levels of knowledge about the indications, side effects, and mode of administration were poor, and attitudes were generally negative. Viewing the ECT scenes influenced attitudes toward the treatment; after viewing, one-third of the students decreased their support for ECT, and the proportion of students who would dissuade a family member or friend from having ECT rose from less than 10% to almost 25%. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.