Evidence-Based Education for Perianesthesia RNs to Increase Knowledge and Change Attitudes of Electroconvulsive Therapy.

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Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Nursing, Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation

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Journal of perianesthesia nursing : official journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses / American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses

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Electroconvulsive Therapy, Knowledge, Attitude of Health Personnel


PURPOSE: To increase perianesthesia registered nurses (RNs') knowledge and change attitudes of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

DESIGN: A pretest/post-test design was used.

METHODS: An interprofessional team collaborated in the development of a 1-hour teaching session, which included PowerPoint presentation, case studies, and online resources. The education was offered four times from December 2017 to April 2018. Data were collected on self-reported learning outcomes and the Questionnaire on Attitudes and Knowledge of ECT.

FINDINGS: After the education, increased knowledge was reported. RNs (n = 25) were more likely to recommend ECT as a treatment option (P = .013) and believed that psychiatrists take other health care providers' views into account (P = .023). They were also more likely to believe that ECT should not be used as a last resort (P = .022) and should not be banned (P = .025).

CONCLUSIONS: Self-reported knowledge increased, and some of the RNs' attitudes toward ECT changed after education.



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