What is the frequency of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatments?

Updated: Sep 24, 2019
  • Author: Mehul V Mankad, MD; Chief Editor: Dennis M Popeo, MD  more...
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In the United States, ECT is most commonly performed 3 times per week regardless of electrode placement. [1]  Treatments 2 times per week may result in less memory impairment than treatments 3 times per week and can be used in patients who are sensitive to adverse effects from ECT or general anesthesia. [1]  Compared with treatments administered 3 times per week, twice-weekly treatments result in the same degree of final clinical improvement, although possibly at a slower rate of response. [1]


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