Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in New Zealand:What you and your family and whānau need to know

Published online: 
02 August 2009


Every person for whom electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a treatment choice has the right to up-to-date information about ECT in New Zealand. This consumer information pack provides information and answers to the many questions someone considering ECT as a treatment choice, is likely to have about ECT.

The booklet contains information covering what individuals and their families and whānau need to know when considering ECT as a treatment choice. The booklet includes:

  • what ECT is and why ECT is recommended as a treatment option
  • how ECT is thought to work
  • how a treatment of ECT is given and what you can expect including side effects
  • the informed consent process
  • considerations for older people, Maori, Pacific peoples, and Asian peoples
  • treatments that may be alternative to ECT

Video - ECT in New Zealand - What you, your family and whānau need to know

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    02 August 2009
  • Hardcopy date of publication:
    02 July 2009
  • ISBN:
    978-0478-31915-6 (print), 978-0-478-31916-3 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2009. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in New Zealand: What you and your family and whānau need to know. Wellington: Ministry of Health
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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