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Rhee TG, Olfson M, Sint K
Characterization of the quality of electroconvulsive therapy among older Medicare beneficiaries.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an important therapy for treatment-resistant depression and is especially effective for elderly individuals with depression. This study provides the first US nationally representative description of ECT in the elderly. The investigators concluded that despite substantial evidence of efficacy, ECT use remained rare among elderly patients with depression.
Citation: Rhee TG, Olfson M, Sint K . Characterization of the quality of electroconvulsive therapy among older Medicare beneficiaries. J Clin Psychiatry 2020 Jul 7;81(4). doi: 10.4088/JCP.19m13186.
Keywords: Elderly, Medicare, Depression, Behavioral Health, Treatments, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research