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Efficacy and Safety of Electroconvulsive Therapy in Depressive Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis 

Efficacy and Safety of Electroconvulsive Therapy in Depressive Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
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Efficacy and Safety of Electroconvulsive Therapy in Depressive Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
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Joseph J. Taylor

, and Robert Ostroff

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190625085.003.0025
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date: 18 August 2019

This chapter will summarize an important systematic review and meta-analysis. The authors of this study analyzed decades of evidence from thousands of patients in order to address fundamental questions about the safety and efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy for depressive symptoms. The data from this manuscript continue to inform clinical practice in regards to this stigmatized yet potentially life-saving treatment. The chapter will discuss the setup and implementation of the systematic review and meta-analysis before focusing on the results and their implications. The last section of the chapter will identify relevant studies and present a hypothetical clinical case that requires the reader to apply basic concepts learned from the systematic review and meta-analysis.

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