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Clinical trials comparing the efficacy and acceptability of high frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (HF-rTMS) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for treating major depression (MD) have yielded conflicting results. As this may have been the result of limited statistical power, we have carried out this meta-analysis to examine this issue.
Andrew Edmund Slaby, MD, PhD, MPH
Laurence R. Tancredi, MD, JD
Dr. Slaby is clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University and New York Medical College, both in New York City.
Dr. Tancredi is clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University.
Acknowledgments: The authors report no financial, academic, or other support of this work.
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