Balance and gait in older electroconvulsive therapy recipients: a pilot study

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Abstract

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is commonly used to treat depression in older adults. Despite its efficacy in this regard, an associated increase in the risk of falls in this population is a downside of treatment. ECT research has focused on the incidence of falls, but its effect on balance and gait - intrinsic factors in instability and falls - has not been studied. Our aim was to examine changes in balance and gait among older adults before and after a single ECT session and explore the effect of patient-related and treatment factors on any changes found.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)805 - 812
Number of pages8
JournalNeuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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