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Low field TMS as depression treatment.

- candidate number13791
- NTR NumberNTR3702
- ISRCTNISRCTN wordt niet meer aangevraagd.
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR13-nov-2012
- Secondary IDsmicroTMS002 UMCG
- Public TitleLow field TMS as depression treatment.
- Scientific TitleLow field TMS (pulsed electromagnetic fields - PEMF) as depression treatment as measured with the HAMD17.
- hypothesisLow field TMS can reduce depression scores in treatment resistant patients.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedDepressive Disorder
- Inclusion criteria1. Diagnosis of MDD, first or recurrent major depressive episode (MDE), as established by MINI-Interview;
2. Age range: 18-80 years;
3. At least moderately severe depression (>17 on HAMD17);
4. Not having responded (i.e. maintained in a MDE) to at least two antidepressants during the current episode, both given for at least four weeks and in an adequate dose (i.e. the defined daily dose (DDD) (Ruhe et al 2012);
5. Good understanding of spoken and written Dutch;
6. In-patient or out-patient.
- Exclusion criteria1. Presence of a relevant neurological disorder such as dementia or epilepsy;
2. Other relevant major psychiatric disorders such as a primary psychotic disorder or an antisocial or borderline personality disorder;
3. Major depressive episode with psychotic features;
4. Visual or hearing problems that cannot be corrected;
5. Suicidal thoughts (>2 on HAMD17 for suicidal ideation) or a previous serious suicide attempt;
6. Recent (past three months) alcohol or drug abuse or dependence;
7. Pregnancy, lactation;
8. Inability to comply with treatments and/or assessments;
9. Recent change (last four weeks) in antidepressant medication or requirement to change antidepressant medication during the course of the study;
10. Use of mood stabiliser (lithium or anticonvulsant) or antipsychotic within the last four weeks or during the course of the study;
11. Use of benzodiazepine(s) in excess of 2 mg lorazepam (or equivalent) per day within the last four weeks or during the course of the study;
12. Use of somatic medication that may affect mood within the last four weeks;
13. Excessive use of: coffee (>10 units per day), alcohol (>5 units per day);
14. Recent use (within four weeks) of cannabis or any other non-prescription psychopharmaca, except St John’s Wort, or unwillingness to abstain from these substances during the study;
15. MR incompatible implants in the body (such as ear prothesis, insulin pump, or other metal implants);
16. Any risk of having metal particles in the eye, due to manual work without proper eye protections;
17. Tattoos containing red pigments;
18. (Suspected) pregnancy; if the patient is in doubt a pregnancy test is performed;
19. Claustrophobia;
20. The refusal to be informed of structural brain abnormalities that could be detected during the experiment.
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingTriple
- controlPlacebo
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 15-nov-2013
- planned closingdate15-nov-2015
- Target number of participants52
- Interventions30 minutes of PEMF to the head, 5 days per week, 5 weeks in a row.
The control group will receive sham treatment meaning the stimulator will be applied but no actual stimulation will be given.
- Primary outcomeHamilton Depression Rating Scale 17 point version.
- Secondary outcome1. NEO-FFI, neuroticism;
2. ‘Treatment expectancy’ - VAS;
3. DM-TRD;
4. IDS-SR;
5. BAI;
6. EQ-5D;
7. Wais Digit Symbol Substitution;
8. TiC-P;
9. Smoking: # smoked cigarettes per day and Fagerstrom test for nicotine dependence;
10. Exit interview;
11. MRI;
12. HR and HRV;
13. BDNF concentration in serum and plasma.
- TimepointsEnd of week -1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 20.
- Trial web site
- statusopen: patient inclusion
- Sponsor/Initiator University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
- PublicationsN/A
- Brief summaryRationale:
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common and severe psychiatric condition for which currently available treatments (psychotropic medication and psychotherapy) are not always effective. There is a strong need for additional treatment options in MDD. A novel intervention that was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of MDD is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive neurostimulation in which strong magnetic pulses are applied to a specific frontal scalp region. Interestingly, weak TMS with pulsed electromagnetic fields, here called PEMF, was recently reported to have rapid antidepressant effects. This method is much more feasible (cheaper and less cumbersome because it is more versatile).

This proposal aims at replication, in a pilot study, of the antidepressant effects of PEMF in patients with a refractory depression. We also aim to study the effects on brain activation and brain derived neuronal growth factor (BDNF) levels in blood as well as the remaining antidepressant effects at five and fifteen weeks after the treatment period.

Study design:
Randomized, stratified and minimised, double-blind placebo controlled intervention study. Treatment lasts for five weeks. Measurements are made in the week preceding initiation of treatment, during the treatment period, at the end of the treatment period and five and fifteen weeks after the end of treatment.

Study population:
In-patients and out-patients with at least moderately severe MDD, 18 - 80 yr old, not having responded to two different antidepressants.

One group receives 30 minutes of PEMF treatment per day for five days per week, for five weeks in a row (PEMF group). The other group receives placebo (SHAM group). In both groups normal treatment with an antidepressant will be continued.

Main study parameters/endpoints:
Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD17), change in score between baseline (week 0) and endpoint (week 5).

Nature and extent of the burden and risks associated with participation, benefit and group relatedness:
Patients visit the treatment room for five weeks. Daily visits on working days lasting one hour each. Therefore in total it takes 25 hours in the treatment room.
The treatment itself might be experienced as boring by the patients, because they have to sit still for 30 minutes. Reading is allowed to alleviate this.
No adverse events or risks due to the intervention are expected.
There are two MRI sessions, spread out over 5 weeks. Each session lasts for no longer than 60 minutes. During the scans patients lie in the MR-scanner, which is a narrow space and are required to lie still. During certain periods they perform tasks.
The questionnaires constitute a negligible to mild burden.
Three vena-punctions (2x 10 mL per sample).
No other behaviours are enforced or prohibited. Patients have to continue the antidepressant to which they did not respond prior to the study but may be switched later to other medication and/or psychotherapy.
- Main changes (audit trail)New secondary outcoume: 14) a urine sample in week -1, 5 and 10.
- RECORD13-nov-2012 - 29-jul-2013

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