The Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research’s Journal Club: Review 5
This study attempted to illicit the knowledge and attitudes of mental health nurses to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). A total of 167 questionnaires containing attitude/knowledge scales were returned from the 345 sent out. The author discovered limitations in the reliability of the instrument and thus reliable measures of the respondents' knowledge of ECT were not obtained. The author's findings indicated correlations with higher levels of knowledge and (a) length of experience and (b) area of clinical practice. He also noted significant variations in knowledge of cognitive side-effects. The author concludes that nurses' knowledge of ECT requires improvement in many cases and that this has implications for nurse education.
Cutcliffe, J. R.,
& Ward, M. F.
(2000). The Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research’s Journal Club: Review 5. British Journal of Nursing, 9 (15), 999-1000.