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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Decline in Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy