Transcranial magnetic stimulation: an item number is justified

Saxby Pridmore
Med J Aust 2018; 208 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00849
Published online: 18 June 2018

Evidence shows that transcranial magnetic stimulation is a safe and effective treatment for drug-resistant depression

Depression is the leading cause of disability globally.1 The condition is painful for the patient (and may end in suicide), distressing for relatives and friends and challenging to clinicians. One-third of patients with depression do not respond to the first antidepressant medication, the likelihood of achieving remission diminishes with each additional medication, and one-third will not respond to any known medication.2

  • Saxby Pridmore

  • University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS


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