Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and Hallucinations in Schizophrenia

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First received: March 26, 2009
Last updated: February 24, 2014
Last verified: February 2014

March 26, 2009
February 24, 2014
January 2009
February 2009   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Auditory hallucinations measured by Auditory Hallucination Rating Scale (Hoffman et al., 2003) [ Time Frame: before, after 1 week of treatment and 2 times follow up (1 & 3 months) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Same as current
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Neurochemical impact of treatment measured by 1H-MRS, DTI and resting MRI [ Time Frame: 3 times, before treatment, immediatly after treatment and a last evaluation 1 month after ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
Same as current
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Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and Hallucinations in Schizophrenia
Anodal & Cathodal tDCS for Treatment of Resistant Auditory Hallucinations in Schizophrenia

The purpose of this study is to determine whether trans Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is effective in the treatment of auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia.

The project will investigate the use of a novel technique, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in the treatment of patients with schizophrenia. tDCS permit the application of an extremely weak continuous electrical current to the brain through an anode and a cathode applied on the scalp. Anodal stimulation appears to increase brain activity whereas cathodal stimulation has the opposite effect.

Using anodal & cathodal tDCS the investigators aimed to treat auditory hallucinations, a symptoms of schizophrenia. The investigators plan to apply tDCS such that it can simultaneously increased activity in the frontal brain areas and reduce activity over temporoparietal cortex, 2 areas involved in the physiopathology of the disease. Real active stimulation will be compare to a sham condition in 60 patients (30 in each group). 30 patients will be included in a French center (Hospital le Vinatier, sponsor of the study) and 30 in Tunisia (laboratory "vulnerability to psychosis" (Pr Gaha) à Monastir).

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Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Schizophrenia
  • Auditory Hallucinations
  • Procedure: direct current stimulation over brain areas
    Intensity 2 mA during 20 minutes, 2 times per day
    Other Names:
    • tDCS
    • transDirect Current Stimulation
    • Anodal tDCS
    • Cathodal tDCS
  • Procedure: direct current stimulation (sham)
    sham condition as delivered by the stimulator
    Other Names:
    • sham tDCS
    • tDCS placebo
  • Active Comparator: active tDCS
    tDCS active; - Intensity = 2mA during 20 minutes. 10 sessions, 2 per day
    Intervention: Procedure: direct current stimulation over brain areas
  • Placebo Comparator: tDCS placebo
    tDCS placebo
    Intervention: Procedure: direct current stimulation (sham)
Brunelin J, Mondino M, Gassab L, Haesebaert F, Gaha L, Suaud-Chagny MF, Saoud M, Mechri A, Poulet E. Examining transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) as a treatment for hallucinations in schizophrenia. Am J Psychiatry. 2012 Jul 1;169(7):719-24. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2012.11071091. Erratum in: Am J Psychiatry. 2012 Dec 1;169(12):1321.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
November 2015
February 2009   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Schizophrenia according to DSM-IV
  • Auditory hallucinations for at least 6 weeks (despite antipsychotic drugs)
  • Medication Resistance according to Kane et al., 1988
  • Age between 18 and 50 years old
  • Informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Concomitant major and unstable medical or neurologic illness
  • Pregnant
18 Years to 50 Years
France,   Tunisia
Hôpital le Vinatier
Hôpital le Vinatier
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Principal Investigator: emmanuel poulet, MD, PhD Hopital Le Vinatier
Study Director: JEROME BRUNELIN, PhD Hopital le Vinatier
Hôpital le Vinatier
February 2014

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