Müller, Helge H. O. and Reike, Mareen and Grosse-Holz, Simon and Röther, Mareike and Lücke, Caroline and Philipsen, Alexandra and Kornhuber, Johannes and Grömer, Teja W. (2017) Electroconvulsive therapy hasn’t negative effects on short-term memory function, as assessed using a bedside hand-held device. Mental illness, 9 (1). pp. 30-35. ISSN 2036-7457

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is effective in the treatment of treatment-resistant major depression. The fear of cognitive impairment after ECT often deters patients from choosing this treatment option. There is little reliable information regarding the effects of ECT on overall cognitive performance, while short-term memory deficits are well known but not easy to measure within clinical routines. In this pilot study, we examined ECT recipients’ pre- and posttreatment performances on a digital ascending number tapping test. We found that cognitive performance measures exhibited good reproducibility in individual patients and that ECT did not significantly alter cognitive performance up to 2 hours after this therapy was applied. Our results can help patients and physicians make decisions regarding the administration of ECT. Digital measurements are recommended, especially when screening for the most common side effects on cognitive performance and short-term memory.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publiziert mit Hilfe des DFG-geförderten Open Access-Publikationsfonds der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ECT, cognitive impairment, cognitive performance
Subjects: Technology, medicine, applied sciences > Medicine and health
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Department of Human Medicine
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 12:58
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2017 12:14
URI: https://oops.uni-oldenburg.de/id/eprint/3350
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-34313
DOI: 10.4081/mi.2017.7093

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