Prevalence and correlates of electroconvulsive therapy delivery in 1001 obsessive-compulsive disorder outpatients

Samara dos Santos-Ribeiro, Natalia M. Lins-Martins, Ilana Frydman, Maria Conceicao do Rosario, Ygor A. Ferrao, Roseli G. Shavitt, Murat Yucel, Euripedes C. Miguel, Leonardo F. Da Costa Fontenelle

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Individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who sought treatment in seven different specialized centers (n=1001) were evaluated with a structured assessment battery. Thirteen OCD patients (1.3 of the sample) reported having been treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the past. They were older and exhibited higher global severity of OCD symptoms, but were less likely to display symmetry/ordering and contamination/washing symptoms. They also had greater suicidality and increased rates of psychosis. Finally, OCD patients exposed to ECT were more frequently treated with antipsychotics, although they did not differ in terms of responses to adequate trials with serotonin reuptake inhibitors
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-148
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatry Research
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Treatment
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Survey

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