J ECT 2021 Sep 13. Epub 2021 Sep 13.
From the Interventional Psychiatry Program, Mental Health and Addictions Service, St Michael's Hospital Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto Centre for Mental Health, University Health Network Library and Information Services, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management, University Health Network Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto Department of Anesthesia Centre for Clinical Ethics, St Michael's Hospital Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Department of Infection Prevention and Control, University Health Network Department of Psychiatry, North York General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Objectives: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the provision of essential and potentially life-saving procedural treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). We surveyed ECT providers across Canada to understand how the first wave of the pandemic affected ECT delivery between mid-March 2020 and mid-May 2020.
Methods: The survey was administered to ECT team members and decision makers at 107 Canadian health care centers with a focus on 5 domains: operations, decision-making, hospital resources, ECT procedure, and patient impact. Read More