Experimental Somatic Treatments: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the Treatment of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations – A Meta-Analysis and Review

We found that repetitive TMS has a medium-sized effect on the severity of auditory verbal hallucinations; this effect is decreasing over time, probably due to the publication of studies with larger patient samples and more negative results in recent years

Christina W. Slotema; Z. Jeff Daskalakis

2011

Scholarcy highlights

  • Since 1999, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation has been investigated as a treatment method for auditory verbal hallucinations
  • We found that repetitive TMS has a medium-sized effect on the severity of AVH; this effect is decreasing over time, probably due to the publication of studies with larger patient samples and more negative results in recent years
  • It would be interesting to investigate whether patients with medication-resistant AVH may benefit more from repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation when other paradigms are used
  • A pilot double-blind sham-controlled trial of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for patients with refractory schizophrenia treated with clozapine
  • A double blind study showing that two weeks of daily repetitive TMS over the left or right temporoparietal cortex reduces symptoms in patients with schizophrenia who are having treatment-refractory auditory hallucinations
  • A., Roth, Y., Voller, B., Hallett, M

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