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Loo CK, Mitchell PB 2005. A review of the efficacy of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment for depression, and current and future strategies to optimize efficacy

School of Psychiatry, University of NSW, Psychiatrist, Black Dog Institute and South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service, Australia.
Journal of Affective Disorders (Impact Factor: 3.71). 12/2005; 88(3):255-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2005.08.001
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ABSTRACT There is a growing interest in extending the use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) beyond research centres to the widespread clinical treatment of depression. Thus it is timely to critically review the evidence for the efficacy of rTMS as an antidepressant treatment. Factors relevant to the efficacy of rTMS are discussed along with the implications of these for the further optimization of rTMS.
Clinical trials of the efficacy of rTMS in depressed subjects are summarized and reviewed, focusing mainly on sham-controlled studies and meta-analyses published to date.
There is a fairly consistent statistical evidence for the superiority of rTMS over a sham control, though the degree of clinical improvement is not large. However, this data is derived mainly from two-week comparisons of rTMS versus sham, and evidence suggests greater efficacy with longer treatment courses. Studies so far have also varied greatly in approaches to rTMS stimulation (with respect to stimulation site, stimulus parameters etc) with little empirical evidence to inform on the relative merits of these approaches.
Only studies published in English were reviewed. Many of the studies in the literature had small sample sizes and different methodologies, making comparisons between studies difficult.
Current published studies and meta-analyses have evaluated the efficacy of rTMS as given in treatment paradigms that are almost certainly suboptimal (e.g of two weeks' duration). While the data nevertheless supports positive outcomes for rTMS, there is much scope for the further refinement and development of rTMS as an antidepressant treatment. Ongoing research is critical for optimizing the efficacy of rTMS.

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    • "Numerous studies on the efficacy of rTMS revealed that rTMS is an effective treatment option in major depressive disorder. In most meta-analyses, rTMS is superior to sham control (Burt, Lisanby, and Sackeim, 2002; Holtzheimer, Russo, and Avery, 2001; Kozel and George, 2002; Lam, Chan, Wilkins- Ho, and Yatham, 2008; Loo and Mitchell, 2005; McNamara, Ray, Arthurs, and Boniface, 2001; Schutter, 2009). In one exception, however, Couturier (2005) reported in his metaanalysis in 2005 that there were no significant differences between rTMS and sham control (Couturier, 2005). "
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    DESCRIPTION: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) was introduced as a novel method of brain stimulation in 1985, and now it is widely used in research of cortical excitability, neuronal connectivity and plasticity, and also is applied to the treatment of various neurological and psychiatric conditions. This review is written with the purpose of introducing the brief conspectus and area of therapeutic application of TMS. The techniques, equipment and treatment modalities of TMS are continuously developing, and its area of therapeutic application is being extended. For determining the form of the optimal therapeutic application of TMS in various clinical conditions, more data from controlled studies should be obtained.
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    • "There were 20–30 s between the train intervals used. Decision to select 90% of the MT was based on the prior publications where rTMS was used for the stimulation of DLPFC in various neuro- and psychiatric disorders (reviewed in Pascual-Leone et al., 2000; Wassermann and Lisanby, 2001; Daskalakis et al., 2002; Gershon et al., 2003; Loo and Mitchell, 2005; Greenberg, 2007; Oberman et al., 2013). "
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    • "duration of two weeks). The data support positive outcomes for rTMS, but not large clinical effects [18]. However, a few studies suggest that a longer course of rTMS is necessary for optimal therapeutic outcomes. "
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