J Korean Neuropsychiatr Assoc.  2021 May;60(2):135-142. 10.4306/jknpa.2021.60.2.135.

Satisfaction Survey of Patients Toward Electroconvulsive Therapy

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Nowon Eulji Medical Center, Eulji University, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, Daejeon Eulji Medical Center, Eulji University, Daejeon, Korea
  • 4Daedong Hospital, Daegu, Korea
  • 5Department of Psychiatry, Dongguk University International Hospital, Goyang, Korea
  • 6St. Andrew’s Hospital, Icheon, Korea


This study examined the satisfaction of patients who had undergone electroconvulsive therapy to provide important information for improving the social misunderstanding about electroconvulsive therapy, to increase the effectiveness of treatment, and make a decision of effective treatment.
A questionnaire survey was conducted to determine the satisfaction, adverse effects, attitudes, and experiences toward electroconvulsive therapy in patients at 2 to 4 weeks after finishing an acute course of electroconvulsive therapy in three psychiatric hospitals.
There were 85 respondents (38 males), whose average age was 42.0±13.6 years and average illness duration was 12.8±8.9 years. Fifty-two patients (61.2%), 19 (22.4%), 8 (9.4%), and 6 (7.1%) were diagnosed with schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and other mental disorders, respectively. The average session number for acute electroconvulsive therapy was 12.6±6.0 sessions, and 61 patients (71.8%) had received maintenance electroconvulsive therapy. Among the respondents, 60.0% reported that they were satisfied with the electroconvulsive therapy. Satisfaction was similar according to sex, age, diagnosis, electrode placement, and use of anesthetic agents. Forty-three (53.8%) patients experienced memory impairment during acute electroconvulsive therapy.
This study showed that patients who received electroconvulsive therapy were generally satisfied with the treatment and that memory impairment should be detected early and managed promptly. Follow-up studies with a large number of subjects and variables will be needed to determine the predictive factors affecting satisfaction toward electroconvulsive therapy.


Electroconvulsive therapy; Mental disorders; Patient satisfaction survey
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