Transcranial magnetic stimulation for patients with depression
John Tredget Research nurse
George Kirov Consultant psychologist
Emma Dunn Research psychologist, Mood Disorders Service, Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a relatively new technique which has been used to treat depression. It delivers magnetic radiation to the head using a hand-held coil. Some studies have indicated clinical remission of depressive symptomatology with use of TMS. Methodological limitations remain, however, and more studies are recommended to determine its efficacy.
Nursing Standard. 19, 37, 49-50. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.05.19.37.49.c3876Correspondence
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