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INITIAL RESPONSE TO ECT AS A PREDICTOR OF OUTCOME IN ENDOGENOUS DEPRESSION

By Chittaranjan Andrade, B.N. Gangadhar, Meena Vythilingam, S.M. Channabasavanna and N. Pradhan

Abstract

In a double-blind, prospective study, 29 patients with endogenous depression were treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The degree of attenuation in Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression scores after the first ECT was compared between ECT responders and non-responders at the end of the treatment course; a significant difference was obtained, indicating higher initial response in ECT responders. It is therefore suggested that response to a single trial ECT may form the basis for prediction of response of endogenous depression to a course of ECT. An operationalization of this concept is proposed, its sensitivity and specificity calculated, and its implications discussed

Topics: Original Article
Publisher: Medknow Publications
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:3172016
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