Can we teach psychiatric residents to rate seizure regularity?

William Vaughn McCall, A. Farah, D. M. Reboussin

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Despite recent advances in electroconvulsive therapy, clinicians still lack a reliable marker to treatment adequacy. Electroencephalographic (EEG) seizure morphology has been proposed as such a marker. However, the reliability of seizure ratings has not been assessed. We present the results of a study that examined how readily psychiatric residents could be taught to rate seizure morphology using a seizure regularity scale. We found that trainees could reliably rate seizure regularity and were particularly adept as discerning highly regular seizures from irregular ones. We believe that establishing reliable human scoring for electroconvulsive therapy seizure regularity justifies the position that human inspection of the ictal EEG should always complement computer analyses of seizure morphology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-252
Number of pages5
JournalConvulsive Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1995
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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