Commentary on: Osler M, Rozing MP, Christensen GT, et al. Electroconvulsive therapy and risk of dementia in patients with affective disorders: a cohort study. Lancet Psychiatry 2018;5:348–56.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an effective treatment for severe depressive disorders, with older age being predictive of a better outcome. Two earlier small studies have suggested an increased prevalence of dementia in patients having received ECT, but were flawed by major methodological shortcomings. Recent data on both short-term and long-term impact of ECT on cognitive function in older patients are reassuring,
In this Danish cohort study,
Patients were followed up, for a median…