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Pfeiffer PN, Valenstein M, Hoggatt KJ, Ganoczy D, Maixner D, Miller EM, Zivin K. Electroconvulsive therapy for major depression within the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of affective disorders. 2011 Apr 1; 130(1-2):21-5.
ECT use for major depression was relatively uncommon. Race, US region, geographic accessibility, and general medical health were all associated with whether or not patients received ECT. Clinicians and health systems should work to provide equitable access and more consistent use of this safe and effective treatment.