Exploring Patient Perceptions of Noninvasive Brain Stimulation: A Systematic Review

Georgia Stillianesis, Rocco Cavaleri, Clarice Y. Tang, Simon J. Summers

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A systematic search of CINHAL, PUBMED, Web of Science, and Medline was performed. Reference lists of relevant articles were also screened. Studies exploring participant perceptions regarding the therapeutic use of noninvasive brain stimulation were eligible for inclusion. Perceptions were divided into three domains: knowledge, experience, and attitudes. Noninvasive brain stimulation was defined as any neuromodulation technique that alters brain activity but does not require invasive methods such as surgery. No restrictions were placed upon study design or participant population. Two reviewers performed data extraction and risk of bias assessment. Data relating to methodological characteristics, participant demographics, type of noninvasive brain stimulation, and nature of perceptions (knowledge, experience, or attitudes) were extracted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-493
Number of pages7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


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