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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 265-270

Knowledge and attitude toward electroconvulsive therapy among MBBS interns

Department of Psychiatry, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Suvarna Jyothi Kantipudi
Department of Psychiatry, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_110_20

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Background: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) remains the most effective modality of treatment in many major mental health disorders, which calls for a rapid response. However, the media's portrayal of ECT as inhumane has resulted in a flawed opinion among public and reduced exposure has led to lesser knowledge about ECT among the medical health professionals working in a nonpsychiatric setting. Aims: To assess the knowledge and attitude toward ECT among MBBS students doing internship. Design and Setting: This was a cross-sectional study conducted at the department of psychiatry in a tertiary care teaching institute. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted among 100 MBBS students who were undergoing internship from a tertiary teaching hospital. The students were recruited from various clinical postings, and after obtaining informed consent, their knowledge and attitude toward ECT was assessed. Statistical Analysis: SPSS version 20.0 was used. Results: Majority (59%) of the students rated their psychiatry knowledge as minimal and around 70% reported to have minimal knowledge regarding ECT. 73% of the study population felt that ECT was used to control violent patients. Almost 91% of the students felt that they needed more exposure toward ECT in their undergraduate curriculum. Conclusion: MBBS interns had some knowledge about ECT; however, they still have some misconceptions and negative attitudes about the treatment. Novel teaching strategies could be inculcated in the existing curriculum which could help with more exposure and better understanding of the subject.

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