Declining Use of ECT in U.S. Hospitals

Kermit Cole
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Biological Psychiatry reports that the use of ECT in United States general hospitals has declined over the past two decades, from 12.6 per 100,000 adult U.S. residents to 7.2. The percentage of hospitals conducting ECT fell from 14.8% to 10.6%. The decline in use of ECT among severely depressed persons, the authors state, was driven exclusively by a decline in the probability that the treating hospital conducts ECT.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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