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Knowledge of and Attitude Toward Electroconvulsive Therapy: A Survey of Hungarian Anesthesiology Residents

Gazdag, Gábor MD, PhD*; Molnár, Eszter MD, PhD; Ungvari, Gabor S. MD, PhD; Iványi, Zsolt MD, PhD§

doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e31818803c8
Original Studies

Aim: To assess the knowledge of and attitudes toward electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Hungarian anesthesiology residents.

Method: A self-administered questionnaire comprising 39 questions compiled by the authors.

Results: Of the 82 sophomore residents who completed the questionnaire, 29 have administered ECT. These residents were significantly more likely to consider ECT to be efficacious and less likely to be dangerous or lethal than the other residents (P = 0.017 and 0.004). Fifty-three residents (65%) rated their knowledge of ECT as "minimal," 26 (32%) as "moderate," and 1 (1.3%) as "considerable." In the case of severe depression, 49% of the "minimal" knowledge group would consent to be treated with ECT. The corresponding figure in the "moderate" knowledge group was 16% (P = 0.009).

Conclusions: Having previously administered ECT had a positive effect on the anesthesiology residents' attitudes toward ECT. Having a level of knowledge about ECT treatment that was perceived as "minimal" did not prejudice residents against it.

From the *Consultation-Liaison Psychiatric Service, Szt. László Hospital; †School of Medicine, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary; ‡Department of Psychiatry, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China; and §Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Therapy, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.

Received for publication May 19, 2008; accepted July 7, 2008.

Reprints: Gábor Gazdag, MD, PhD, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatric Service, Szt. László Hospital, Budapest, Gyáli út 5-7, 1097 Hungary (e-mail:

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