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|Title:||A practical guide to setting up a repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) service|
|Citation:||Australasian Psychiatry, 2010; 18(4):314-317|
|Publisher:||Informa Healthcare-Taylor & Francis|
|Cherrie Galletly, Paul Fitzgerald, Patrick Clarke, Shane Gill, Cassandra Burton and Carol Turnbull|
|Abstract:||Objective : This paper outlines the process of developing a transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) service in a private hospital setting, to provide a model for similar services elsewhere in Australia and New Zealand. Methods : The practical issues involved in setting up the service, including funding, staffing, equipment, treatment protocols and associated research, are described. Results : The service has been widely accepted by psychiatrists and patients. Forty-five patients have completed treatment and the research results show a significant clinical response to rTMS. Conclusions : Clinicians involved in the service have found both the clinical and research components rewarding. In the longer term, the issue of ongoing funding of rTMS services remains to be resolved.|
|Keywords:||Antidepressant; depression; repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation; rTMS; service development|
|Rights:||Copyright 2010 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychiatry publications|
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