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International Survey on use of ECT

Prof John Read (Lead Researcher) profile:

In 2022 Professor Read was listed in Stanford University’s register of the top 2% most cited researchers in the world. He has published six reviews of the ECT research literature (including four in peer-reviewed journals) and made multiple commentaries on the research. The journals in which these papers have been published include leading international medical and psychiatry journals such as: British Medical Journal (2019), British Journal of Psychiatry (2021, 2021); Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences (2010 & 2022), Frontiers in Psychiatry (2014), Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (2021), Lancet-Psychiatry (2022) and Psychological Medicine (2022).

His most recent peer-reviewed review of the ECT literature was a 40-page paper, in 2019, written with Professor Irving Kirsch, Associate Director of Placebo Studies at Harvard Medical School. He is also the lead researcher on two independent audits of the administration and monitoring of ECT in England’s National Health Service, and co-author of three studies of the accuracy of information provided to ECT patients and their families.

A team of 3 people with experience of receiving Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and 3 psychologists  co-designed this first online international survey on the positive, negative or mixed experiences of this treatment. This is for family and friends too. Please consider contributing to this survey or sharing with your network. The views and experiences of people using services are essential and too often not heard. This survey has been supported by MIND Charity.


Who the survey is for and things to consider:

  •         You are at least 18 years old and have had ECT at any point, other than the last 4 weeks.
  •         You are family or friends of someone who has had ECT at any point.
  •         The survey takes about 30-40 minutes.
  •         Full participant information is available when you click the link below.
  •         If questions about ECT or about the experiences that led you to having ECT might be distressing for you, please seriously consider not taking the survey.


Survey link:


For NAUWU survey link CLICK HERE

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Consider joining the Mental Health Forum's Consultation Group  or its Capacity Building Programme: work with other service users and carers to contribute to development and delivery of services by bringing your lived experience and expertise.


Contact: Elaine Fogarty

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