The practice of consenting to electroconvulsive therapy in the European Union.

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Source
J ECT. 2012 Mar;28(1):4-6
Publication Type
Article
Date
Mar-2012
Author
Gábor Gazdag
Rozália Takács
Gabor S Ungvari
Pascal Sienaert
Author Affiliation
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatric Service, Szent István and Szent László Hospitals, Budapest, Hungary. gazdag@lamb.hu
Source
J ECT. 2012 Mar;28(1):4-6
Date
Mar-2012
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Consent Forms
Electroconvulsive Therapy - ethics - standards
Electronic Mail
European Union
Health Care Surveys
Humans
Informed consent
Norway
Switzerland
Third-Party Consent
Abstract
To survey major aspects of obtaining informed consent to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the countries of the European Union.
Leading professionals in the field of biological psychiatry in all European Union countries and Norway and Switzerland were approached by e-mail asking about the national practice of obtaining consent to ECT including the form of consent, the legality of consent by proxy, and consent to anesthesia and maintenance treatment.
A considerable diversity was found across Europe regarding consent to ECT. In Slovenia and Luxembourg, ECT is not available at all. Informed consent is needed in written form in most European countries except for Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Slovakia, where verbal consent is sufficient. Italy, Ireland, and Latvia are stricter in their approach because separate written consent is required before each ECT session.
The practice of obtaining informed consent varies from country to country reflecting the individual European Union countries' jurisdiction and their sociocultural traditions as well as their different development of psychiatric services. In line with the increasing cooperation in health care, developing a unified way of obtaining consent for ECT is recommended.
PubMed ID
22343577 View in PubMed
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