What is Unilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT?

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Generic name: Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT

Unilateral electroconvulsive therapy refers to the location of both electrodes on the same side of the head during the administration of electroconvulsive treatments (ECT). Unilateral ECT may be used first to help minimize certain side effects, such as memory loss.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major depressive disorder 22 26
Suicidal thoughts or urges 10 8
Depressed mood 6 2
Bipolar I disorder 3 1
Bipolar disorder 2 2
Bipolar depressive episodes 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
4
Moderate
11
Mild
12
None
4

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Unilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT

Side effect Patients
Memory problems 8
Headaches 6
Short term memory problems 4
Memory loss 3
Loss of short term memory 2
Problems concentrating 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Unilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT

Dosage Patients
m,w,f 3
2 times a week 2
every 3 weeks 2
every 6 weeks 1
every 8 weeks 1
every other week 1
monthly 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 21
Usually 4
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 0
< $25 10
Not specified 13
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1 patient evaluation for Unilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT

Jan 15, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 times a week
Cost: $200+ monthly

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