Category: Clinical Sciences/Health Conditions
Objectives: This study was conducted to investigate the effects of high frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) of the frontal cortex on attention function in patients with stroke .
This is a double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial, 60 patients who were diagnosed with attention disorders were divided into a test group (n=30) and a control group (n=30). The test group received rTMS during a 20-minute session 5 days per week for 4 weeks; the control group received sham rTMS. All of the participants were treated with cognitive training. The patients were then evaluated for attention disorders using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Chinese version(MoCA), the Digit Span task(DST) Forward and Backward, the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT). Event-Related Potential P300 was also used. Each assessment was performed before and after the intervention.
The results of this study suggest that application of high frequency rTMS to the frontal cortex of patients with stroke has a positive effect on attention function.