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Transcranial magnetic stimulation: experience, knowledge and attidtudes of recipients


Walter, G and Martin, JE and Kirkby, KC and Pridmore, S, Transcranial magnetic stimulation: experience, knowledge and attidtudes of recipients, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 35, (1) pp. 58-61. ISSN 0004-8674 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1046/j.1440-1614.2001.00852.x


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Martin, JE (Dr Janine Martin)
UTAS Author:Kirkby, KC (Professor Kenneth Kirkby)
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:21070
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Psychiatry
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2002-07-29

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