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Transcranial magnetic stimulation: experience, knowledge and attidtudes of recipients
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 12:42 authored by Walter, G, Martin, JE, Kenneth KirkbyKenneth Kirkby, Saxby PridmoreSaxby Pridmore
Objective: To examine the experience, knowledge and attitudes of recipients of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) regarding the treatment. There have been no studies of patient views about TMS. Method: A 60-item survey was administered by telephone to persons with depressive illness who received TMS at Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania. Results: Forty-eight patients were interviewed. About two-thirds also had a history of treatment with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Experience and opinions about TMS were generally very positive. Almost three-quarters of interviewees believed TMS had been helpful. The vast majority rated TMS as more acceptable than having, or the prospect of having, ECT. The majority would have TMS again and would recommend it to others. Conclusions: The mostly favourable experiences and attitudes reported by interviewees will be reassuring to patients, their families and treating health professionals when TMS is being considered.
Publication titleAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Department/SchoolTasmanian School of Medicine
PublisherBlackwell Science Asia
Place of publicationVictoria