To ascertain the experience, knowledge and attitudes of Australian and New Zealand child psychiatrists in relation to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the young in order to determine whether they would be willing and able to provide an opinion if consulted about children or adolescents in whom ECT is proposed.
A 28-item questionnaire was posted to all members of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry living in Australia or New Zealand.
Eighty-three percent (n=206) answered the questionnaire.
Forty percent rated their knowledge about ECT in the young as nil or negligible.
Having had patients treated with ECT was the best predictor of possessing some knowledge.
Thirty-nine percent believed that ECT was unsafe in children compared to 17% for adolescents and 3% for adults.
Almost all (92%) respondents believed child psychiatrists should be consulted in all cases of persons under 19 in whom ECT was recommended.
The vast majority believed the Faculty or College should have guidelines relating to ECT use in this group and that it would be useful to have a national register of young persons treated with ECT.
Child and adolescent psychiatrists wish to be involved in the process of ECT treatment in young people.
At the same time, there are gaps in their knowledge.
This will need to be remedied, particularly if formal guidelines advocating their involvement are introduced.
Mots-clés Pascal : Electroconvulsivothérapie, Traitement, Perception sociale, Attitude, Connaissance, Pratique professionnelle, Psychiatre, Adolescent, Homme, Enfant, Personnel sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Electroconvulsive therapy, Treatment, Social perception, Attitude, Knowledge, Professional practice, Psychiatrist, Adolescent, Human, Child, Health staff
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0020918
Code Inist : 002B18I01. Création : 17/04/1998.