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Maintenance Transcranial Electrical Stimulation for Depression

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01890356
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : July 1, 2013
Last Update Posted : February 3, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Colleen Loo, The University of New South Wales

Brief Summary:
Transcranial electrical stimulation (TES) techniques offer a novel treatment approach for depression and have shown promising efficacy. However, there is no published data to date on their effectiveness as a maintenance treatment. This study will investigate ways of using TES as a maintenance treatment to prevent relapse in depression.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Major Depressive Disorder Bipolar Disorder Device: Transcranial electrical stimulation

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Study of Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (TES) as a Maintenance Treatment for Depression
Study Start Date : June 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date : February 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : February 2018

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Transcranial electrical stimulation Device: Transcranial electrical stimulation

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale for Depression (MADRS) [ Time Frame: 9 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All participants will be ≥ 18 years old.
  • Participants must have experienced a significant clinical response, defined as ≥ 50% decrease from baseline scores on the Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inadequate response to acute trial of TES.
  • Suicidality.
  • Clinically defined neurological disorder or insult.
  • Metal in the cranium, skull defects, or skin lesions on scalp (cuts, abrasions, rash) at proposed electrode sites.
  • Pregnancy (women of childbearing age will be asked to undergo a urine pregnancy test prior to starting the study).
  • Concurrent long acting benzodiazepines, ritalin or dexamphetamine medication.
  • Treatment for depression is changed during months 3-9 of the trial.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01890356

Contact: Angelo Alonzo, PhD 61-2-93823720 a.alonzo@unsw.edu.au
Contact: Donel Martin, PhD 61-2-93829261 donel.martin@unsw.edu.au

Australia, New South Wales
Black Dog Institute / University of New South Wales Recruiting
Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2031
Sponsors and Collaborators
The University of New South Wales
Principal Investigator: Colleen Loo, MBBS University of New South Wales

Responsible Party: Colleen Loo, Professor, The University of New South Wales
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01890356     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HC12499
First Posted: July 1, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 3, 2017
Last Verified: February 2017

Keywords provided by Colleen Loo, The University of New South Wales:
Transcranial electrical stimulation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Bipolar Disorder
Pathologic Processes
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders
Bipolar and Related Disorders