Typical Response & Remission Rates of rTMS in Treatment Resistant Cases – Dr. Martijn Arns

Posted on: February 9, 2019
Last Updated: November 25, 2023

Dr. Sanil Rege, Consultant Psychiatrist and Founder of Psych Scene and Psych Scene Hub speaks to Dr. Martijn Arns, Chief Scientific Adviser, neuroCare Group; Founding Director & Senior Researcher at Research Institute Brainclinics.

Speaker Quotes 

Response rates (with rTMS) are roughly 40-60% and remission rates are roughly around 35-40%. If you match that to the different stages in the STAR*D trial, that would be equivalent to being superior after one medication failure.

We found in a total sample of 200 patients, that the remission rate is about 55% and the response rate is about 2/3 rds (66%) (in combined TMS and psychotherapy). 

When you are putting you patient in a chair and you apply TMS, talk to the patient and apply psychotherapy. It might do your patient a favour and enhance clinical response.

Take-home Messages :

  1. Research has shown that depression is linked to disrupted communication in a specific network of brain structures including the frontal cortex (dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC)) and the deeper anterior cingulate (ACC).
  2. Response and remission rates for rTMS with personalized psychotherapy as a combined treatment in treatment-resistant depression are higher than for rTMS as a monotherapy.
  3. rTMS to the DLPFC and endogenous activation of subgenual anterior cingulate through psychotherapy could act as a double booster which may explain the higher efficacy of combined rTMS and psychotherapy.

Combining rTMS and PT resulted in a 66% response and a 56% remission rate at the end of treatment with 60% sustained remission at follow-up. No differences were found between the 10 Hz and 1 Hz TMS regarding clinical outcome. [1]


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