Stigma associated with electroconvulsive therapy among patients who received ect

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Author: 
Harikrishna Gopalakrishnan
Abstract: 

The purpose of this study was to assess the stigma associated with ECT among patients at Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore. A sample of 50 was selected using consecutive sampling technique. Data were collected by interviewing the subjects with Stigma assessment scale. The mean age of patient was 30.42 years Majority of the population still holds ECT as a stigmatizing treatment option. The findings of the study demonstrate the need for adequate psycho education to the subjects in reducing stigma and could be utilized in clinical areas by nurses in improving the effective evidence based care to patients undergoing ECT.

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