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Electroconvulsive Therapy/ECT: Ontario

Electroconvulsive Therapy/ECT: Ontario - 1995-2001 (Partial and Approximate) Compiled by Don Weitz [5]

2000-2001 [1]

No. of ECTs 13,162
No. of ECTs Women (approx) 8,358 (64%)
No. of ECTs Women 60+ 3,118 (37%)
Total No. Women 1,090 (approx)
Total No. Women 60+ 450 (approx)
Total No. Patients 1,880 (approx)
[1] figures for GCPHs only, PPH figures unavailable - includes 192 ECTs administered to 27 women 80+ years old, approx. avg. 7 ECTs per woman.

1999-2000

  GCPHs PPHs (9) Totals
No. of ECTs 12,610 2,983 15,593
No. of ECT Patients 2,100 (approx) 454 2,554
PPHs
Total Women 324 (71%)
Total Women 60+ 130 (40%)

1998-1999

  GCPHs PPHs (9) Totals
No. of ECTs 11,710 2,800 14,510
No. of Patients (approx) 1,700 (approx) 449 2,149

1997-1998 [2]

  GCPHs PPHs (9) Totals
No. of ECTs 13,703 2,325 16,028
No. of ECT Patients (approx) 2,300 (approx) 342 2,642
Percent ECT for Women Patients 70%
Percent ECT for Women Patients 60+ yrs old 51%
[2] Above info for PPHs includes 208 administered to 34 women 80+ years old

1996-1997 [3]

  GCPHs PPHs (9) Totals
No. of ECTs 12,390 2,222 14,612
No. of ECT Patients (approx) 2,100 (approx) 264 2,364
Females (percent) 70%   --
Females (percent) 60+ yrs old 35% 49% --
[3] Includes approximately 779 ECTs administered to 109 women 80+ years old

1995-1996 [4]

  GCPHs PPHs (9) Totals
No. of ECTs 11,314 2,270 13,584
No. of ECT Patients (approx) 1,616 243 1,859
Females (percent) 70%   --
Females (percent) 60+ yrs old 36% 55% --
[4] Includes 787 ECTs administered to 138 women 80+ years old

[5]Note: PPHs=provincial psychiatric hospitals. ECTs at Penetanguishene & Hamilton mental health centres are administered at local general hospitals as of 1999. GCPHs=general hospitals/community psychiatric hospitals, include Centre for Addiction & Mental Health. Since the Ministry of Health publishes no figures for number of patients in GCPHs, these figures must be approximate. Sincere thanks to the Ministry of Health for providing me with the raw data from which I calculated the above numbers and per cents. All data are based on the fiscal year April 1-March 31. Some ECT statistics are available under Freedom of Information requests. There is no government rule or regulation requiring hospitals to report ECT statistics to the Ministry of Health.

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APA Reference
Writer, H. (2007, February 20). Electroconvulsive Therapy/ECT: Ontario, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, June 16 from https://www.healthyplace.com/depression/articles/electroconvulsive-therapyect-ontario

Last Updated: June 22, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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