Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment- resistant major depression: effectiveness and safety

Depression

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KEY MESSAGES OF THE ORIGINAL PUBLICATION

  • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is generally safe and well-tolerated
  • Compared with sham intervention, rTMS has a small short-term effect for improving depression (< 6 months; very low to low quality of evidence). This effect cannot be assessed in the long-term (follow-up data limited to 1-6 months) .
  • Insufficient evidence hampers to prove if rTMS is as effectiveand safe as electro-convulsive therapy (ECT)
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2017/10/31