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Knowledge of and attitudes towards electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) among psychiatrists and family physicians in Saudi Arabia

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Title
Knowledge of and attitudes towards electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) among psychiatrists and family physicians in Saudi Arabia
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Annals of General Psychiatry, February 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12991-017-0139-1
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Ahmad N. AlHadi, Fahad M. AlShahrani, Ali A. Alshaqrawi, Mohanned A. Sharefi, Saud M. Almousa

Abstract

To assess the knowledge of and attitudes towards ECT among psychiatrists and family physicians in Saudi Arabia. The study is quantitative observational cross-sectional with a convenient sample that included psychiatrists and family physicians (including residents) in Saudi Arabia. Of the 434 questionnaires emailed, a total of 126 returned completed questionnaires (29% response rate). The mean age of respondents was 35 years old. Psychiatrists accounted for 68.3%. The majority were Saudis (95.2%) and male (70.6%). Around half were consultants and about two-thirds (62.7%) had worked in a facility that used ECT. Psychiatrists showed better knowledge than family physicians in their answers, with a mean total knowledge scoring of 8.12 (±1.25) out of 10 and 6.15 (±1.25), respectively (P < 0.0001). Among psychiatrists, 87% thought that ECT required general anesthesia, while 35% of family physicians believed so (P < 0.0001). Other items of ECT knowledge are discussed. Psychiatrists displayed a better attitude towards ECT than family physicians in all answers, with a mean score of 9.54 (±1.16) and 7.85 (±2.39), respectively (P < 0.0001). Psychiatrists scored better than family physicians in both knowledge and attitude regarding ECT.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Saudi Arabia 1 5%
Unknown 21 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 5 23%
Student > Master 4 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 14%
Student > Bachelor 2 9%
Professor > Associate Professor 2 9%
Other 1 5%
Unknown 5 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 7 32%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 14%
Neuroscience 2 9%
Psychology 2 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 5%
Other 2 9%
Unknown 5 23%

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