Role of Electroconvulsive Therapy in Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia in Forensic Psychiatry

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Long-term institutionalization of the forensic psychiatry patient population places a psychological burden on patients and family members as well as a financial burden on the health care system at large. Although electroconvulsive therapy is a well-established tool for patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia, it is infrequently used in the forensic setting. This review serves to demonstrate an example of electroconvulsive therapy in combination with clozapine as a means of reducing length of hospitalization in a forensic psychiatric patient. Furthermore, this review will discuss factors limiting the prescribing of electroconvulsive therapy to this patient population including ethical considerations and availability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-158
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of ECT
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022


  • availability of ECT at state hospitals
  • case report
  • clozapine and ECT
  • ECT and clozapine for treatment-resistant schizophrenia
  • ECT forensic
  • ECT in the forensic setting
  • ethical considerations
  • ethics of ECT
  • ethics of ECT in forensic psychiatry unit
  • forensic case study
  • forensic psychiatry
  • forensic psychiatry and ECT
  • treatment-resistant schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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