Out of sight, out of mind : Rights, Consent, and Electroconvulsive Therapy

Lisa Morrison

Language: English

Published: Nov 22, 2023


This article is a commentary on an audit of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) patient information leaflets in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, which found that they do not comply with the ethical principle of informed consent.

Stigma, rights, and trauma are discussed through the author’s personal experience of multiple ECT treatments and research, and potential actions to address these failings are suggested.

Please note: this article was originally written for and published in the Clinical Psychology Forum Special Human Rights Edition 368 - September 2123 and is shared with permission. To read the full article, click on the Download button in the top right hand corner.