Deep brain stimulation for movement disorders other than Parkinsons disease

Stein K
Record ID 32003001174
Authors' objectives:

This study aims to assess the effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in people with movement disorders other than Parkinson's disease (PD).

Authors' recomendations: In general, caution should be used in interpreting results on the effectiveness of a technology on the basis of uncontrolled studies, as is largely the case for DBS in people with movement disorders other than Parkinson's disease. However, where the natural history of the condition is well understood and consistent and marked results are obtained, some conclusions may be possible. The size of effects in the case of DBS are, in the authors opinion, unlikely to be entirely due to bias or chance and there is reasonable consistency between studies. However, these studies should be viewed as preliminary evidence, suggesting efficacy of DBS in people with essential tremor only. Effectiveness should be established against alternative treatments according to agreed inclusion criteria and cost effectiveness should be established through primary research including measurement of effects on quality of life. We found inconclusive or no evidence for the potential use of DBS in other non-PD movement disorders.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
URL for project:
Year Published: 2001
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
MeSH Terms
  • Brain
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy
  • Movement Disorders
Organisation Name: Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development
Contact Address: Pauline King. Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development, Boldrewood Medical School, Bassett Crescent East, Highfield, Southampton. SO16 7PX Tel. +44 1703 595661 Fax +44 1703 595662
Copyright: Bazian Ltd, Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development
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