Clinical Neuroscience

[The public’s attitudes towards electroconvulsive therapy in Hungary ]

ASZTALOS Márton1,2, KÖNYE Péter3, GAZDAG Gábor4,5

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

Clinical Neuroscience - 2020;73(09-10)


[This research focused on the knowledge and attitude toward to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the general population of Hungary. There are only a few studies in the international literature focusing on the public’s attitude towards ECT, and no such study has been published from Hungary. Participants were reached through social media and asked to fill out a semi-structured questionnaire on internet that comprised seventeen questions. Participation in the survey was entirely voluntary and anonymous. Participants of the survey were not working in health care; their answers to the questionnaire were compared to those of health-care workers. The result showed a significant difference between healthcare workers’ and lay people’s knowledge and attitude towards ECT. Two third of lay participants have never heard about ECT. Those familiar with ECT were relatively well-informed about its certain aspects yet rejection of ECT was significantly higher in the group of lay participants than in health-care workers. Lay people’s incomplete knowledge and negative attitude towards ECT was confirmed by this survey. The dissemination of reliable information – which should be the shared responsibility of mental health professionals and the media – would be vitally important to disperse the prejudices and doubts about ECT.]


  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Rácz Károly Doktori Iskola, Budapest
  2. Klinik Nord, Pszichiátriai Osztály, Nordjylland Régió, Dánia
  3. Markusovszky Egyetemi Oktatókórház, Pszichiátriai Osztály, Szombathely
  4. Jahn Ferenc Dél-pesti Kórház, I. Sz. Pszichiátriai és Pszichiátriai Rehabilitációs Osztály, Budapest
  5. Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Pszichiátriai és Pszichoterápiás Klinika, Budapest



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