Original StudyEffects of an Education Training Program on Attitudes to Electroconvulsive TherapyOldewening, Karen RN*; Lange, Rael T. PhD*; Willan, Sharon RN*; Strangway, Carrie MA*†; Kang, Nirmal MBBS*†; Iverson, Grant L. PhD*†Author Information From the *Riverview Hospital and †University of British Columbia, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. Received for publication September 30, 2005; accepted October 10, 2005. Reprints: Rael T. Lange, PhD, Department of Research, Room 124-ADMIN Building, Main Floor, Riverview Hospital, 2601 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada V3C 4J2 (e-mail: [email protected]). The Journal of ECT: June 2007 - Volume 23 - Issue 2 - p 82-88 doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e3180421a0a Buy Metrics Abstract Widespread negative attitudes toward electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are present in the general public and among heath care professionals. However, there is evidence to suggest that clinical experience and knowledge of ECT positively improve attitudes toward this treatment. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of an ECT education training program on attitudes toward ECT. Participants were 73 student nurses (91.8% women) and 21 care aid students (81.0% women) undertaking a 6-week rotation in psychiatry at a large provincial psychiatric hospital in British Columbia, Canada. The ECT education training program consisted of a brief lecture, viewing of an educational videotape, familiarization with the ECT equipment, and observation of an ECT treatment. Participants completed a short questionnaire pretraining and posttraining program. Attitudes toward ECT did not substantially differ between the 2 groups. For the entire sample, only 8.5% reported that they were well informed about ECT before the training session. More favorable attitudes were reported upon completion of the ECT education program compared with attitudes reported before training. These findings suggest that attitudes toward ECT increase favorably when individuals are provided with training and experience. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.