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Table 3 Differences between psychiatrists and family physicians in Attitude scale

From: Knowledge of and attitudes towards electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) among psychiatrists and family physicians in Saudi Arabia

Attitudes scale Correct answer (positive attitude) P value
Psychiatrists N = 86 Family physicians N = 40 All N = 126
Psychiatrists often abuse ECT 81 (94.2%) 32 (80.0%) 113 (89.7%) 0.015
ECT is used to control violent patients 64 (74.4%) 29 (72.5%) 93 (73.8%) 0.820
ECT is used as a punishment 86 (100%) 40 (100%) 126 (100%) None
ECT can cause pain 55 (64.0%) 21 (52.5%) 76 (60.35%) 0.221
ECT is dangerous and may cause death 83 (96.5%) 29 (72.5%) 112 (88.9%) 0.0001
ECT should only be used as a final resort 61 (70.9%) 16 (40.0%) 77 (61.1%) 0.001
ECT is used more often for treating the poor people 81 (94.2%) 35 (87.5%) 116 (92.1%) 0.196
ECT is used more often in minority populations 59 (68.6%) 19 (47.5%) 78 (61.9%) 0.023
ECT is an outdated, obsolete procedure 82 (95.3%) 31 (77.5%) 113 (89.7%) 0.002
ECT can cause permanent brain damage 83 (96.5%) 29 (72.5%) 112 (88.9%) 0.0001
ECT should be illegal to perform 85 (98.8%) 33 (82.5%) 118 (93.7%) 0.0001
Total attitude score 9.54 (1.16) 7.85 (2.39) 9.00 (1.82) 0.0001