ECT-treated patients were at a greater risk of readmission compared to non-ECT treated patients, according to a study published online May 25, 2012 in the Journal of ECT. The study found that adjusting for planned readmissions masks the increased negative outcome associated with ECT.
Byrne, S. Hooke, G. et. al; “Readmission to psychiatric hospital after treatment for depression with electroconvulsive therapy: the effect of planned readmissions” Journal of ECT, vol. 28(2) e12-3; published online May 25, 2012