Accelerated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Depression (ATMS)
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Accelerated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Depression|
- Hamilton Depression Scale [ Time Frame: 2-42 days ]
|Study Start Date:||February 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Device: Transcranial magnetic Stimulator
a device which produces intense magnetic fields in the brain and activates cerebral neurons
Objective: The goal of this study is to investigate a new approach to administering repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in patients with refractory depression. (Please Note: The original requirement for comorbid Parkinson's disease has been dropped from this study).
Research Plan: This inpatient study will provide an initial test for the hypothesis that accelerated rTMS is an effective treatment for depression. Followup testing will help delineate the time course of response.
Methods: The rTMS treatment site over left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex will be 5.5cm anterior to the hand motor area. Treatments consisting of 1000 total pulses at 10 Hz and 100% motor threshold will be administered hourly for 1.5 days, totaling 15 sessions. A comprehensive test battery will be administered just before and after treatment, at 3 weeks, and at 6 weeks after treatment.
Clinical Relevance: We expect that accelerated rTMS treatments will lessen the degree of depression to the same extent as rTMS treatments of longer duration, but far more rapidly. A much shorter hospitalization would be more easily tolerated. In addition, reducing the duration of hospitalization substantially reduces burdens and costs to hospital, staff, and caregivers, while more rapidly enhancing function and quality of life.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00248768
|United States, Georgia|
|Atlanta VA Medical and Rehab Center, Decatur|
|Decatur, Georgia, United States, 30033|