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
2011. , 47 p.