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BMJ Open. 2018 Feb 3;8(2):e018011. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018011.

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression after basal ganglia ischaemic stroke: protocol for a multicentre randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial.

Author information

1
Zhujiang Hospital of Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China.
2
Department of Neurology, Zhujiang Hospital of Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China.
3
School of Public Health, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China.
4
Department of Neurology, Nanfang Hospital of Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China.
5
Department of Neurology, Sichuan Bayi Rehabilitation Center, Chengdu, China.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Studies suggest that repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is effective for the treatment of depression and promotes the repair of white matter. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of rTMS in treating depression after basal ganglia ischaemic stroke and to examine whether such effects are related to restoration of white matter integrity.

METHODS AND ANALYSIS:

Sixty-six participants will be recruited from Zhujiang Hospital, Nanfang Hospital and Sichuan Bayi Rehabilitation Hospital and randomised in a 1:1 ratio to receive active rTMS treatment or sham rTMS treatment in addition to routine supportive treatments. The data will be collected at 0, 2 and 4 weeks after the commencement of treatment. The primary outcome is the measurement of 24-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale scores, and the secondary outcomes include diffusion tensor imaging results and the results of neuropsychological tests including the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, Activities of Daily Living Scale, Montreal Cognitive Assessment, Clinical Global Impressions scales, Aphasia Battery in Chinese, Social Support Revalued Scale and Medical Coping Modes Questionnaire.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION:

This study has been approved by the Ethics Committee of Zhujiang Hospital of Southern Medical University. The findings will be disseminated by publication in a peer-reviewed journal and by presentation at international conferences.

TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER:

NCT03159351.

KEYWORDS:

ischemic stroke; post-stroke depression; repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation

PMID:
29431126
PMCID:
PMC5829582
DOI:
10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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