1196 - Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for the treatment of depression.

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Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a focal brain stimulation treatment. Small electrical currents that pass through an electromagnetic coil held near the patient’s scalp stimulate nerve cells in the region of the brain involved in mood regulation and depression (motor cortex). rTMS does not require an anaesthetic and there is no associated cognitive impairment or other serious side effects.

Description of Medical Condition

Major Depression (DSM IV) is a disorder of mood with features of depressed mood, loss of energy and interest, loss of pleasure, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, sleep and appetite disturbance and suicidal thoughts and behavior. Accompanying disability can be severe and lead to social and occupational disruption.

There are a range of different treatments available to treat major depressive disorders, including medication and psychological treatments. However, 10% to 30% of patients with major depression do not respond to antidepressant medication.

Reason for Application


Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

Final Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (PDF 355 KB)
Final Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (Word 14880 KB)

Assessment Report

Final Assessment Report (PDF 1455 KB)
Final Assessment Report (Word 1657 KB)

Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 85 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 138 KB)

Meetings for this Application


16 – 17 August 2012
13 – 14 December 2012


12 - 13 June 2014


26 - 28 November 2014