Consent for ECT

Most patients who have ECT do so voluntarily. (Indeed, the last two patients I have prescribed it for actually asked for it, after long inpatient stays without improvement.) Patients are required to sign a consent form before treatment. This should be preceded by a full explanation of the procedure, reinforced by an information leaflet.

Some patients refuse, or are unable to give, informed consent. If such patients appear to be in urgent need of ECT, they may be treated as an emergency under common law. However, it is much more usual to apply Section 3 of this act, and to seek the necessary second opinion from a doctor appointed by the Mental Health Act Commission.

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