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AJP CME: November 2019 - Theta-Burst Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Activity Type:

  • Journal CME

Release Date: 11/1/2019

Expiration Date: 10/31/2021

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 1
  • Participation: 1



Objective: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a highly prevalent psychiatric disorder associated with disruption in social and occupational function. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) represents a novel approach to PTSD, and intermittent theta-burst stimulation (iTBS) is a new, more rapid administration protocol with data supporting efficacy in depression. The authors conducted a sham-controlled study of iTBS for PTSD.

Methods: Fifty veterans with PTSD received 10 days of sham-controlled iTBS (1,800 pulses/day), followed by 10 unblinded sessions. Primary outcome measures included acceptability (retention rates), changes in PTSD symptoms (clinician- and self-rated), quality of life, social and occupational function, and depression, obtained at the end of 2 weeks; analysis of variance was used to compare active with sham stimulation. Secondary outcomes were evaluated 1 month after treatment, using mixed-model analyses. Resting-state functional MRI was acquired at pretreatment baseline on an eligible subset of participants (N=26) to identify response predictors.


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Educational Objective

The participant will explain the role of intermittent theta-burst transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder.

Target Audience

This program is designed for all psychiatrists in clinical practice, residents in Graduate Medical Education programs, medical students interested in psychiatry, and other physicians who wish to advance their current knowledge of clinical medicine.

Estimated Time to Complete

Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: November 1, 2019
End Date: October 31, 2021

How to Earn Credit

In order to earn CME credit, subscribers should read through the material presented in the article. After reading the article, complete the quiz and submit your evaluation and study hours (up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™).  A score of 60% or higher is required to receive credit.


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Title: Theta-Burst Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Authors: Noah S. Philip, M.D., Jennifer Barredo, Ph.D., Emily Aiken, M.A., Victoria Larson, B.S., Richard N. Jones, Sc.D., M. Tracie Shea, Ph.D., Benjamin D. Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., Mascha van ’t Wout-Frank, Ph.D.

Affiliations: The Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, Providence VA Medical Center, and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, R.I. (N.S.P., J.B., E.A., V.L., R.N.J., M.T.S., B.D.G., M.v.W.-F.).

Disclosures: Dr. Philip has received grant support from Janssen, Neosync, and Neuronetics through clinical trial contracts and has served as an unpaid scientific advisory board member for Neuronetics. The other authors report no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Discussion of unapproved or investigational use of products*: No.

*APA policy requires disclosure by CME authors of unapproved or investigational use of products discussed in CME programs. Off-label use of medications by individual physicians is permitted and common. Decisions about off-label use can be guided by scientific literature and clinical experience.

Program Planners

Ned H. Kalin, M.D. (Editor-in-Chief, AJP); Carolyn Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D. (Deputy Editor, AJP); Michael D. Roy (Editorial Director, AJP); Michael A. Pogachar (Online Content Manager, Journals). Dr. Kalin has served as a consultant to the Board of Scientific Advisors, the Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium, and the Skyland Trail Advisory Board and as Councilor, Society of Biological Psychiatry. Dr. Rodriguez has served as a consultant to Allergan, Blackthorn, Epiodyne, and Rugen. Mr. Roy and Mr. Pogachar report no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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