Last updated on July 2019

ELEKT-D: Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) vs. Ketamine in Patients With Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD)


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Ketamine | Benign Rolandic Epilepsy | Major depression | Major Depressive Episode | Electroconvulsive Therapy | Mental illness | Treatment Resistant Depression | Endogenous depression | Depression
  • Age: Between 21 - 75 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Written informed consent before any study related procedures are performed
  2. Inpatients or outpatients referred by their providers for ECT treatment and eligible for ECT treatment
  3. Males/females at least 21 years of age but no older than 75 years of age
  4. Meet DSM-5 criteria for Major Depressive Episode in a as determined by both:
  5. clinician's diagnostic evaluation and B. confirmed with the MINI International Neuropsychiatric Interview
  6. A current depressive episode that has lasted a minimum of 4 weeks
  7. Meet all of the following criteria on symptom rating scales at screening:
  8. Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) score >20 B. Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS) of 5 C. Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) of 18
  9. Have had 2 adequate trials of antidepressants or augmentation strategies during their lifetime (Refer to ATHF Guidelines for Completion for guidelines on dose/duration required for a trial to be considered adequate.)
  10. In the opinion of the investigator, the patient is willing and able to comply with scheduled visits, treatment plan, and other trial procedures for the duration of the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Meet DSM-5 criteria for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, schizoaffective disorder, mental retardation, or pervasive developmental disorder
  2. Meets any exclusion criteria for ECT or ketamine treatment as described in the clinical guidelines or according to investigator judgment
  3. The patient is pregnant or breast feeding
  4. The patient has a severe medical illness or severe neurological disorder
  5. The patient has a known ketamine allergy or is taking a medication that may interact with ketamine
  6. Diagnosis of major depressive disorder with psychotic features during the current depressive episode
  7. Unable to give informed consent
  8. Was previously enrolled/randomized into the trial

Recruitment Status: Open


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