80 years – Past, Present and Future of ECT An EFFECT Special Meeting for the 80th anniversary of ECT in close collaboration with the Italian Association for Somatic Therapies
THE STORY OF EFFECT
European Forum for Electroconvulsive Therapy
ECT is the most efficacious biological treatment for the most severe psychiatric disorders. In several European countries, however, psychiatrists and patients still struggle with the stigmatzing negative image of ECT. To ensure that patients and service users across Europe have access to safe and effective ECT when appropriate, a European Forum for ECT was founded.
In November 2005 Björn Wahlund (SE), Pascal Sienaert (BE) and King Han Kho (NL) decided to organize the EFFECT founding meeting. Several ECT psychiatrists across Europe were invited to join this meeting which took place in Leuven, Belgium, from 3-5 February 2006.