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Den sista utvägen...: – En kvalitativ studie om psykiatripersonal och brukares inställning till elektrokonvulsiv behandling (ECT).
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]




Nature of essay:                C-level, 15 points

Page count:                        47

Title:                                   The last way out

-A qualitative study of psychiatric staff and service users attitude to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

Author:                              Hanna Nilsson


Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate attitudes to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) of professionals and service users within a user organization – Riksförbundet för social och mental hälsa. (RSMH)

Questions: Does the psychiatric staff believe that there are preconceptions about electroconvulsive therapy? What motivates service user’s choice of electroconvulsive therapy? Do the psychiatric staff and the service users think that the positive effects of ECT can outweigh the possible negative side effects?

Method: Qualitative study. The study is based on interviews with psychiatric staff

that works with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and with services users who have received electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

Results: The result showed that the psychiatric staff feels that preconceived ideas occur about the treatment of ECT, and that it is affecting their approach to work.

Service users motivate their choice by how bad they felt under the depression, and that ECT was their only choice left, that´s why psychiatric staff suggested the treatment.

The positive effects of ECT outweighed the possible negative side effects because life is something you value higher than any memory loss and when there is currently no treatment having a similar efficiency.

Keywords: Electroconvulsive therapy, Attitudes, Side effects, Experience, Patients, Professionals

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 47 p.
Rapportserie i socialt arbete: Växjö universitet, Institutionen för vårdvetenskap och socialt arbete, ISSN 1652-8573
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-12507OAI: diva2:423004
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-06-14 Created: 2011-06-14 Last updated: 2011-06-15Bibliographically approved

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