Audit Of The Ect Service In Walsall Uk Against The National Institute Of Clinical Excellence (Nice) Guidelines

Article Title: Audit Of The Ect Service In Walsall Uk Against The National Institute Of Clinical Excellence (Nice) Guidelines

Author(s): Rashda Tabassum, Syed Hassan Jawed, Usman Khalid, Sarabjeet Kohli

Institute(s): Dorothy Pattison Hospital, Alum well Close, Walsall WS2 9XH, United Kingdom.

Journal: Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, 2008; 5(2): 112-117

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Objective: The aim of the audit was to ensure that the referral practices and assessment methods of patients who received ECT were carried out and documented as per the NICE Guidelines 2003.

Design: Descriptive/Cross sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Study was carried out at Dorothy Pattison Hospital (DPH) Walsall Teaching Primary Care Trust, West Midlands, United Kingdom. Data was collected between July and August 2006.

Subjects and Methods: Study includes all the in-patients referred for ECT during a 6 month period from December 2005 to July 2006. Data was collected by looking at examination of the patient’s notes to establish the adherence to all 9 standards required by NICE Guidance 2003.

Results: Total number of patients was 16 (9 females and 7 males) the results show that ECT guidelines were followed and 100% compliance was achieved in all standards except two. Firstly assessment of cognitive functions, 11 patients (69%) were assessed for their cognitive functions before the course of treatment but only 7 patients (44%) were assed after the course. Secondly previous beneficial response to ECT, documentation was done in 10 out of 13 patients (77%) who previously received ECT whilst in 3 (23%) case notes there was no documentation.

Conclusion: The adherence to standards in referral and consent procedures were excellent but Cognitive Assessment prior to, during and after treatment needs to be more carefully implemented and documented because there is high incidence of cognitive dysfunction following ECT administration.

Key word: NICE Guidance, ECT, Audit, Cognitive functions.

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