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Electroconvulsive therapy in schizophrenia in China: A national survey
Li Q.10; Su Y.-A.10; Xiang Y.-T.12; Shu L.10; Yu X.10; Ungvari G.S.14; Seiner S.J.7; Chiu H.F.K.9; Ning Y.-P.6; Wang G.-H.15; Zhang K.-R.11; Li T.13; Sun L.-Z.3; Shi J.-G.5; Chen X.-S.2; Mei Q.-Y.1; Li K.-Q.4; Si T.-M.10
Source PublicationJournal of ECT
ISSN15334112 10950680

Objective: Little is known about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) use in the treatment of schizophrenia in China. This study examined the frequency of ECT use, its trend between 2006 and 2012, and its independent demographic and clinical correlates in a nationwide survey in China. Methods: A total of 5162 inpatients in 45 Chinese psychiatric hospitals/ centers were interviewed (2696 in 2006 and 2466 in 2012). Patients' sociodemographic and clinical characteristics were recorded using a standardized protocol and data collection procedure. Results: Electroconvulsive therapy was used in 6.1% of the whole sample; 4.7% in 2006 and 7.7% in 2012 (P < 0.001) with wide interprovince variations. Multiple logistic regression analyses of the whole sample revealed that patients receiving ECTwere more likely to be women, receive second-generation antipsychotics, treated in tertiary referral centers (level III hospitals), had a shorter illness duration, and more positive and depressive symptoms (R = 0.181; P < 0.001). Conclusions: Electroconvulsive therapy for schizophrenia has increased between 2006 and 2012 in China. Its percentage was higher than the figures reported in most other countries. Reasons for the substantial variations in the frequency of ECT across different provinces in China require further investigations.

KeywordChina Electroconvulsive Therapy Schizophrenia
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WOS Research AreaBehavioral Sciences ; Psychiatry
WOS SubjectBehavioral Sciences ; Psychiatry
WOS IDWOS:000401798400021
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Health Sciences
Affiliation1.Suzhou Guangji Hospital
2.Jiangxi Psychiatric Hospital
3.Neuropsychiatric Hospital
4.Hebei Mental Health Center
5.Mental Health Center
6.Guangzhou Psychiatric Hospital
7.McLean Hospital
8.University of Western Australia
9.Chinese University of Hong Kong
10.Peking University
11.Shanxi Medical University
12.Capital Medical University, Beijing Institute For Brain Disorders
13.West China Hospital of Sichuan University
14.University of Notre Dame Australia
15.Hubei General Hospital
16.Universidade de Macau
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Li Q.,Su Y.-A.,Xiang Y.-T.,et al. Electroconvulsive therapy in schizophrenia in China: A national survey[J]. Journal of ECT,2017,33(2):138-142.
APA Li Q..,Su Y.-A..,Xiang Y.-T..,Shu L..,Yu X..,...&Si T.-M..(2017).Electroconvulsive therapy in schizophrenia in China: A national survey.Journal of ECT,33(2),138-142.
MLA Li Q.,et al."Electroconvulsive therapy in schizophrenia in China: A national survey".Journal of ECT 33.2(2017):138-142.
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